ASHLAND -- A memorial service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 10, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church at 4491 Springfield Rd. in Glen Allen for Henry Christian Connolly Morin, 18, who lost his life in a drowning accident last week.
The Doswell teen was with friends swimming in an abandoned quarry near Schuyler in Albermarle County. They had attended a senior picnic earlier that day.
He was last seen on Tuesday, June 4; his body was recovered on Thursday, June 6.
The Patrick Henry High School senior was scheduled to graduate on Saturday, June 15, which would have been his 19th birthday.
“My son died living the way he lived his life — adventurous and fearless,” Patrick, his father, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Albemarle County officials confirmed that members of the Virginia State Police Search and Recovery Team recovered the body.
The cause of death is under investigation by Albemarle police and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
In addition to his father, Henry is survived by his mother, Kate Connolly; and two brothers, Andrew, a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, and William, a student at Patrick Henry High School.
Henry was described as adventurous and an active member of the Boy Scouts, earning the highest achievement, Eagle Scout.
He was planning to attend the University of Colorado Boulder.
Condolences may be registered online at www.nelsenashland.com.
Hanover County Public Schools officials expressed deep sadness about the tragedy and informed parents that extra school counselors and other support are available for students.
“There are truly no words that can fully express how much we will all miss Henry,” Chris Martinez, principal of Patrick Henry High School, wrote Thursday in a message to parents. “His life ended way too soon.
“However, Henry will always be a part of the PH family. We will always remember him as a remarkable young man with a smile that brightened up the room and always made others feel welcomed. For those of you who did not know Henry, we ask for your understanding and patience as we deal with this heartache.”
Reed Williams of the Richmond Times-Dispatch contributed to this article.