Ryan Hyman Redondo Union

Redondo's Ryan Hyman (20) goes on a touchdown run against Banning in a non-league football game Friday night in Wilmington. Redondo led at the half 14-7. October 02, 2009. Photo by Steve McCrank

Former Redondo High School track and football star Ryan Hyman was found dead Sunday after he went missing the day before during a water tubing trip in the San Marcos River in Texas.

According to KVUE.com, Hyman, 26, was tubing with a group of friends Saturday and at some point swam toward a lost tube that belonged to his group. As he swam toward the tube, he began to struggle in the water. The report said two bystanders jumped into the water in an attempt to reach him but were unsuccessful.

Hyman’s body was found Sunday morning, one day shy of his 27th birthday.

“He was such a community guy,” his friend RJ Davis told KVUE.com. “Everybody knew him and this is a really tragic loss, not just for he or his mom; this is for our whole city pretty much.”

Hyman graduated from Redondo in 2010 and went on to play football at L.A. Harbor College and played two seasons at Division II Midwestern State University (2014-15), which is located in Wichita Falls, Texas.

“He’s the kind of guy you can’t get over,” friend and former coach Bradley Kadelbach said. “He was super popular.”

Hyman was the Bay League champion in the 100 and 200 meters as a senior at Redondo and also earned CIF-SS Western Division honors in football as a receiver.

At Harbor, he was the 2012 offensive player of the year as a sophomore, with 56 receptions for 1,114 yards and 13 touchdowns.

He played in 20 games in two seasons at Midwestern State.

At Redondo, Hyman earned All-Area honors in track and football, and as a junior he helped the boys track team to a win over Mira Costa for the first time in 45 years.

“He became like a family member to me after I stopped coaching,” said Christopher Todd, who coached sprints, hurdles and relays while Hyman was at Redondo. “I found him to be a phenomenal person, which made him a great athlete at the time.

“He was the most willing to work hard for you and super responsive to anything you asked him to do. He never questioned it.”

Todd said Hyman moved to Texas approximately seven weeks ago for work and planned to complete the college courses needed to get his degree.

A GoFundMe account has been created to assist the Hyman Family. It had raised more than $15,000 by Wednesday afternoon, June 19.

Contact Lisa Jacobs lisa.jacobs@TBRnews.com or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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