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Friends remember Spokane Valley man pulled from water in Post Falls

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Mike Williams with his friends Mike Williams with his friends
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

A 25-year-old Spokane Valley man has passed away after being rushed to the hospital from a near drowning.

This happened along the Spokane River at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls. Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office says Michael Williams somehow was submerged underwater for several minutes. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition Saturday night, but was pronounced dead Sunday morning.

Now, friends and family of Mike Williams are remembering him.

“He didn't have any enemies. Everybody loved him,” says Blaze Vela, Mike’s best friend.

Blaze says Mike was racing his girlfriend to the buoy line and back. If she won, he would propose, but then everything went wrong.

“I got the phone call from one of my best friends and I actually thought it was a prank,” Blaze says about hearing about the incident initially.

Blaze rushed to the hospital.

“I just lost it,” he says. “It was just hard...hard to see him like that.”

Blaze grew up with Mike. They got to know each other through sports.

“He was just naturally athletic. Just so good at it,” Blaze says.

They went to school together in Spokane Valley and then to college together.

“He was down to earth. Everywhere he went he made friends. He was that friend that kind of broke the ice with everybody,” Blaze remembers.

Blaze just wants Mike to know, “I love him. He's my best friend. I just wish he was here for his daughters. For his family and friends. It's too early for him to go,” he says.

They’re holding a candlelight vigil at 8 pm Sunday at Central Valley High School for him.

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