Fabieri Fabert, the 18-year-old from Everett who died Wednesday after he was pulled from a Gloucester quarry where he was swimming with friends, is being remembered as a hardworking student athlete with a deep personal faith.
“He was a very kind, caring, loving young man who possessed very, very strong family values and very, very strong faith,” said Robert DiLoreto, the football coach at Everett High School, where Fabert graduated this month.
DiLoreto, who coached Fabert for the last two seasons, said the teen was a popular student admired by his peers. Fabert had planned to enroll at Merrimack College in North Andover in the fall, he said.
“I got to know on personal level how strong Fab’s faith in Jesus was,” the coach said. “Fab had a tremendous, tremendous faith in the Lord that guided his life.”
Fabert was identified Thursday by the Essex district attorney’s office as the victim pulled from a quarry in Gloucester’s Lanesville area on Wednesday afternoon.
On Thursday, DiLoreto visited Fabert’s parents and his younger brother, who also attends Everett High School, and found them “in the middle of a prayer session,” he said.
“I believe their faith in God will help them through this devastating time,” he said. “Words can’t describe, I think, the devastation — how stunned they are and how grief-stricken they are.”
Fabert’s family could not be reached.
Fabert played wide receiver and defensive back for the football team and was a member of the squad’s special teams who provided a positive example to younger players, DiLoreto said.
“He worked tremendously hard on the practice field every day,” he said. “He was not the most gifted player, but he was one of our hardest workers.”
Fabert returned to the school as recently as Tuesday, the day before his death, to lift weights with next year’s team, DiLoreto said.
“Here’s a boy who has graduated but still is a big part of our Everett football family,” he said. “It just goes to show the type of loving leader he is, and hard worker he is.”
Fabert had planned to attend Merrimack College, where he hoped to walk onto the football team, DiLoreto said.
“We’re just all devastated to lose a young man who had just such a bright future and just lived life to the fullest, in a very healthy, fruitful way,” he said.
On Thursday night, the Everett Haitian Community Center posted a tribute to Fabert on its Facebook page, saying the community was devastated by news of his death.
“Our hearts go to the family and the EHS students and administration,” the organization said. “The Everett Haitian Community Center remains available to the family and students who might need support and counseling as they grieve.”
The Gloucester police and fire departments responded to a 911 call reporting a missing swimmer in a quarry in the Lanesville section about 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, police Chief Edward Conley and Fire Chief Eric Smith said in a shared statement.
State Police said Fabert had jumped into the water from a high rock with a friend. The friend returned to the surface, but Fabert did not, State Police said.
First responders reached the quarry six minutes after the 911 call and began their search, followed by dive teams from the State Police and Beverly Fire Department, while a State Police helicopter searched from above, the statement said.
Divers found Fabert in the water at 2:49 p.m. and rescuers immediately began performing CPR, the statement said. He was then placed in an ambulance and taken to Addison Gilbert Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.
The teenager’s death is under investigation by Gloucester police and State police detectives assigned to the Essex district attorney’s office, and foul play is not suspected, officials said.
“Mayor Greg Verga, Chief Conley, and Chief Smith wish to extend their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” the Wednesday statement said.
Verga, in a separate statement, expressed his “deepest condolences to the family and friends of the young man that tragically passed away yesterday.”
“Our community is heartbroken by this event and devastated by the loss of such a young life,” the mayor said.