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Teen who drowned in Lake Michigan ‘respected and loved’

An unidentified teen grieves as Chicago Fire Divers search for missing persafter rescuing two other people who fell inLake Michigan

An unidentified teen grieves as Chicago Fire Divers search for a missing person after rescuing two other people who fell into Lake Michigan about 6pm Thursday evening, May 24, 2012. | For Sun-Times Media, Felicia Dechter

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Updated: July 3, 2012 10:04AM

The 15-year-old high school freshman whose body was pulled from Lake Michigan on Friday morning was remembered as a respected and well-loved student, who excelled in the classroom and on the track.

The body of Lexie Adu was recovered from the waters of Lake Michigan near a Far North Side beach Friday morning.

Thursday evening, Adu and two other teens had been at Loyola Park beach near West Greenleaf in Rogers Park, Chicago Fire Department spokeswoman Meg Ahlheim said. A strong current swept them under, NBC-Channel 5 news reported.

Emergency crews arrived, and they rescued one 14 year old girl, who was taken in good to fair condition to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, and another teen who refused medical treatment, Ahlheim said.

But Adu’s body wasn’t found until the following morning.

Her father, Frank Adu, told NBC5 that he and his daughter had moved back to his native Ghana, but she wanted to return to study medicine.

“She wanted to be a doctor,” Frank Adu said. “She was the first person I’ve ever seen who wanted to be a doctor, not just for the money.”

She was a freshman at Saint Scholastica Academy. School President Loretta Namovic said students and staff were having a tough time dealing with “the shock of the situation.”

“Lexie was a wonderful young woman,” who was an honor student and a member of the all-girl school’s track team, Namovic said. “She was respected and loved by students and staff alike.”

“It’s a tough day for us,” said Namovic. Prom was scheduled for Friday night.

When classes end in June the school will shut its doors after 146 years because of financial struggles and declining enrollment.

“It’s been a hard year for us,” Namovic said.

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