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CPW creates GoFundMe account for family of Steamboat Lake drowning victim

David Mutabazi, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife seasonal employee, drowned at Steamboat Lake State Park Tuesday afternoon.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Colorado Parks and Wildlife has created a GoFundMe account to help the family of 24-year-old David Mutabazi, the CPW seasonal worker who drowned at Steamboat Lake State Park last week.

Funds will help transport Mutabazi’s body to his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for burial, as well as help with funeral expenses.

“David’s passing has been very tough for all of us, but his family is very distraught and is now facing enormous financial strains,” said Park Manager Julie Arington in a news release. “We’ve heard from CPW employees and members of the public offering condolences and asking how they can help. Right now, financial assistance is probably the most effective thing people can do the help David’s family.”

Mutabazi had gone for a jog, then swam in the park’s lake after his shift had ended. When a witness saw him struggling in the water, she tried to swim to him and help; however, Mutabazi disappeared under the water before she was able to reach him.

According to the Routt County coroner, it is likely Mutabazi experienced cramps, leaving him unable to swim.

An immigrant from The Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa, Mutabazi had been working as a seasonal employee at the park since May. He was a recent graduate of Kirkwood Community College’s natural resources program and had previous experience at Lake Macbride State Park in Iowa. He was also a medical interpreter for Swahili speakers.

“He was always in great spirits, always smiling,” Arington said. “It’s a great loss for everyone, especially his family. They need our help, so we hope this fundraising effort can help during this difficult time.”

Donations can be made directly through the GoFundMe account at http://www.gofundme.com/david-mutabazi-funeral-arrangements.

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