Max Gantnier, R.I.P.: Second Teen Dies After Falling Through Ice Into Pond
This season (as is typical for Colorado), the weather has been far from static.
We've had cold temperatures one day, unseasonably warm ones the next.
As a result, ice-covered bodies of water are particularly risky right now.
But understanding that doesn't alleviate the shock associated with the story of Cole Robinson, Patric Lantz and Max Gantnier.
The three teen students at Legend High School in Douglas County were plunged into icy waters back on January 14.
Robinson survived. Lantz died shortly thereafter. And Gantnier's death has just been confirmed; he was taken off life support on Monday.
As noted by 7News, the pond is located near Tallman Drive and Hilltop Road in Parker.
By the time emergency responders arrived at the scene, Robinson had already gotten out safely.
Additionally, Gantnier was responsive enough to grab a branch thrust in his direction by rescuers.
Lantz, however, was in the water for a reported 35 minutes before he could be reached.
He couldn't be saved — and was identified the following day.
Legend High School principal Jason Jacob broke the news to students and parents in an e-mail.
"It is with incredible sadness that I share the news that Patric Lantz has passed away," he wrote. "Max Gantnier was airlifted and remains in the hospital, and Cole Robinson has been released from the hospital and is at home with his family,”
Gantnier was hospitalized for eleven days.
Then, yesterday evening, came another letter from Principal Jacob that's also been shared on the Douglas County School District Facebook page. It reads:
Dear Legend Families,
This is an extremely difficult time for our Legend family and I want to keep you updated with the latest information regarding the tragic ice incident on January 14.
It is with incredible sadness that I share that Max Gantnier has passed away. Max was battling brain trauma and was taken off life support over the weekend. He passed away this afternoon.
As we continue to grieve, we know the Parker community is here to support the three families affected by this tragedy.
The District Crisis Team will be at Legend during school tomorrow to help anyone who needs support. Legend is here for all of our students, staff and families. If you need additional support, you may call Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 (TALK) or visit www.coloradocrisisservices.org.
I also want to provide you with some helpful information as you answer the questions your child may have when dealing with this tragedy.
During this period of sadness, you may notice a variety of reactions from your child. You may find your child unusually talkative or quiet. Your child may ask a lot of questions, be anxious, or may want to cling to you more than usual. You may also notice no reaction from your child. Children can experience a wide range of feelings and behaviors that are normal when dealing with this kind of tragedy. Any of these may be signs of the need for a little extra support.
As parents, you are the very best support system in meeting your child’s needs. You can provide the best explanation that fits with your values and beliefs. Knowing what to say to your child is often difficult. When no other words come to mind, a hug and saying, “This is really hard for all of us,” may provide comfort. You may wish to have a family discussion to talk briefly about loss of life and to acknowledge any feelings that may surface. If you need additional guidance in discussing this situation with your child, please go to www.dcsdk12.org/intervention-and-support.
I am truly saddened by this loss and know it will affect our school community, especially given all that Legend has been through this year. It is important for us to remember to lean on each other and provide help as needed. As always, thank you for your continued support. I know we will get through all of this together.
Funeral arrangements for Gantnier are pending.
In the meantime, a memorial service for Lantz is scheduled for tonight at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish.
Information about the service is available on a GoFundMe page created in Lantz's name. More than $15,000 has been pledged toward a goal of $10,000.
Our sincere condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Max Gantnier and Patric Lantz.
Look below to see two 7News reports — the first broadcast in the immediate aftermath of the accident, the second aired after Lantz was formally identified.