Carson City teen remembered for his heart of gold

Carson High School student Cameron St. Hilaire, 15, died Saturday at Sand Harbor State Park.

Carson High School student Cameron St. Hilaire, 15, died Saturday at Sand Harbor State Park.

The 15-year-old Carson City boy who apparently drowned Saturday at Lake Tahoe was described as having a heart of gold by his family.

Cameron St. Hilaire died Saturday at Sand Harbor State Park in Lake Tahoe while at the beach with his family. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office received a call about 11:51 a.m. for a subject in need of medical, upon arrival, several people had pulled Cameron out of the water and performed CPR. He was transported via helicopter to Renown Regional Medical Center but could not be revived, said Washoe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bob Harman. His brother said that Cameron dropped his glasses in the water while they were swimming and believes that Cameron went back into the water to retrieve them.

“It is like a great light has gone out of our world,” said Cameron’s grandmother Cindy St. Hilaire. “He was just such a good kid.”

Cindy described her grandson as a good, very smart kid who enjoyed playing video games. She said that he had been thinking about going into engineering after high school.

Cameron was in the 10th grade at Carson High School, and had two younger brothers. Grief counselors were at Carson High School Monday to provide professional staff for anyone who needs help grieving, said Superintendent Richard Stokes. He said the school was trying to reach out to the people who knew Cameron well.

The family is still trying to plan the funeral service for Cameron. They anticipate the service will be Saturday at the Calvary Chapel in Carson City.

There has also been a fundraiser set up to help the family with expenses for the service. To donate, visit

Authorities do not suspect any foul play and the Washoe County Medical Examiner will determine a final cause of death.


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