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Coroner IDs body of Cross Lake drowning victim

A woman identifying herself as one of the man's relatives said via Facebook sent these pictures of Joseph via Facebook. (Source: Amanda Atkins) A woman identifying herself as one of the man's relatives said via Facebook sent these pictures of Joseph via Facebook. (Source: Amanda Atkins)
A woman identifying herself as one of the man's relatives said via Facebook sent these pictures of Joseph via Facebook. (Source: Amanda Atkins) A woman identifying herself as one of the man's relatives said via Facebook sent these pictures of Joseph via Facebook. (Source: Amanda Atkins)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The Caddo Parish Coroner's office has confirmed the identity of the man whose body was recovered from Cross Lake on Wednesday.

The victim has been identified as Joseph W. Akins, 36, of DeBerry, Texas.

The Shreveport Police Department was able to confirm the victim's identity by using his fingerprints.

Atkins was one of three adults and four children on the lake Saturday afternoon when one of the children began to struggle in the water. According to Shreveport fire officials, Akins disappeared after he jumped into the lake to help the child to safety.

According to a woman who identified herself as Atkins' sister, "he was a caring, selfless person who loved hard and always wore a smile."

Atkins' body was recovered from Cross Lake just before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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