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Originally published December 1, 2013 at 8:21 AM | Page modified December 1, 2013 at 3:42 PM

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Hawaii running back's body found off Oahu beach

Authorities say Hawaii running back Willis Wilson was found dead off of Oahu's Sandy Beach after a wave overcame him in shallow water.


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Far too young. Great guy. Condolences to all his friends and family. So unfortunate. MORE
rainier beacher- It was 4:30 AM- Dark at that time and easy to not see someone sudden... MORE
An all state running back that couldn't swim? Was alcohol involved (quite possible... MORE

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HONOLULU —

Authorities say Hawaii running back Willis Wilson was found dead off of Oahu's Sandy Beach after a wave overcame him in shallow water.

Hawaii's athletics department confirmed Wilson's death.

A Honolulu Fire Department report says Wilson was among a group of three men and two women who were wading in shallow water at about 4:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Fire officials and Coast Guard rescuers were called after the group noticed that the 21-year-old Wilson was no longer with them. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1ajqf6k ) reports that his body was recovered a few hours later.

Wilson was born in Pearl City and attended high school in Lakewood, Wash., where he was an all-state running back. He transferred from Washington last summer after spending three seasons with the Huskies. He made the travel roster for the Rainbow Warriors' first three games.



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