BOONE, N.C. - Police officers are investigating the death of a 19-year-old college student from Charlotte.
Tyler Blalock graduated from North Mecklenburg High School and was studying the environment at Appalachian State University because he wanted to make it cleaner and safer.
ASU police said they discovered Blalock's body early Saturday morning in a creek that runs through the campus. A passer-by found his body and alerted university officers.
An autopsy revealed Tyler Blalock died from an accidental drowning.
"He was such a good boy, so smart. He's going to be sorely missed," said Lynn Blalock, Tyler Blalock's mother. "I want my boy back. Who wouldn't want that?"
Lynn Blalock said her son died from a large head wound after falling on a rock near the creek. She doesn't know what led him to fall.
"The shock is breathtaking. The only thing that's going to get us through this is our faith," Lynn Blalock said.
Tyler Blalock was a sophomore studying sustainable development.
"Anybody who met Tyler loved him," Lynn Blalock said. "He just wanted a better life for everybody that he touched."
Neighbors said Tyler Blalock was a smart and polite teenager who was friends with everyone in the neighborhood.
Parents said they're in disbelief, and they worry for their own kids.
"When they go off to college, you never know what they're getting into. Cause you can't be around them 24 hours a day. So it's very shocking to me," said neighbor Ashley Tucker, who has a teenage. "He was such a good kid."
The university released a statement Saturday afternoon saying it's saddened by Blalock's death.
There was a moment of silence Saturday during ASU's football game to honor Blalock.
His family said they're still working on funeral arrangements.