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Yosemite drowning victim's sister speaks out

Diana Rios holds up a picture of her brother, 10-year-old Andres Adams, who drowned at Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012.

August 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The sister of a 10-year-old boy who drowned at Yosemite National Park is speaking out.

Diana Rios said her brother, Andres Adams, was supposed to begin fifth grade next week in Fallbrook, which is near San Diego.

Andres and his 6-year-old half-brother, Jacob, were swept away while cooling off in the Merced River last week. Jacob's body has not been found, and he is presumed dead.

Rios said Andres loved people, soccer and ice cream.

"The way he looked at life, I guess, it was like, it was different. You knew he was special," said Rios.

The brothers and their parents had gone to Yosemite with a church group based out of Anaheim. Andres' stepmother remains hospitalized with a spine fracture. Andres will be laid to rest Thursday.