Stewart family reacts to losing three boys in tragic drowning

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –On Tuesday, Litterial Stewart looked at pictures of three of his younger brothers. He got a call Monday night that shook his world forever.

"We got a phone call that said they could possibly be drowning, and we're like no, no. That can't be happening. We ran down to see what was going on, and they ended up dead. They're just dead," he said.

Family gathered at the Stewart home, remembering the boys they lost, sharing stories, and fighting back tears.

"It's hard to loose one, but when you've got all 3 at one time. That's a grief only God can take care of," said the boys' aunt, Marilyn Thomas.

18-year-old Litrelle and 17-year-old LeDarius were both honor roll students about to start their Senior year at Woodlawn High School. Both planned to serve the public. Litrelle wanted to become a police officer, and LeDarius a fireman. Their younger brother, 15-year-old Latevin made straight A's last school year, and was excited to start his Freshman year. He hoped to go to law school and become a judge.

Family members say the 3 young boys had promising futures taken away too soon.

"These were some bright, thoughtful, courteous young men that lost their life saving others, and they didn't mind doing it. If they had to do it all over again they wouldn't have done it any different. They wouldn't have done it any different," said Thomas.

The Stewart brothers leave behind both their parents and 5 more brothers.

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