CADDO-BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The body of a man missing since he was knocked off the Shreveport-Barksdale Bridge into the Red River has been recovered in the Red River. Bossier City spokesperson Mark Natale says the body has been positively identified as 23-year-old Kevin DeLeon.
DeLeon was one of 5 people pushing a small pickup truck that had run out of gas on the bridge when it was struck by a full-sized pickup truck around 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
Police say the collision caused DeLeon, of Bossier City, to go over the side of the bridge into the river.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office dive team searched along the river all day Thursday, and resumed the search Friday morning. Bossier City spokesperson Mark Natale says the body was recovered at 11:10 a.m. Friday directly under the Shreveport-Barksdale Bridge. Sheriff's deputies located the body in 13 feet of water with a recovery line.
DeLeon's friends and relatives are choosing to remember the good times on this sad day. That includes his uncle, David Munoz, who described Kevin as, "A big kid. Fun loving, make you laugh. He was the family clown you'd say. But he was a joy to be around with. I coached him in football for three seasons and he was a great football player."
Munoz said they will lean on each other and get through with prayer. Munoz's fondest memory of Kevin: "His pranks. He was a prankster. He was always pulling pranks on everybody in the family. But he always made us laugh. And that beautiful smile."