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Apex teen drowns in Jordan Lake

Posted September 6, 2010
Updated September 10, 2010

— An 18-year-old man drowned Monday in Jordan Lake, according to Charlie Peek, spokesperson for the North Carolina state parks system.

Jordan Gibbs, of Apex, went missing in the water just before 6 p.m. near a no-wake buoy. His body was recovered at about 7:30 p.m. near the Ebenezer Day Use picnic area, Peek said.

Boaters said rangers searched in and around the lake, and inside their boats, looking for Gibbs.

“He (park ranger) was searching and hoping that this individual was playing a prank on his friends at that time,” boater Edison Glover said.

Gibbs was a member of Calvary Chapel Cary and was with friends from the church at the lake Monday, a friend said.

It's unclear why Gibbs was not able to swim to safety, but a friend said he may have had swimmer's fatigue and was trying to get to the buoy.

Calvary Chapel Cary Senior Pastor Rodney Finch said he was told that Gibbs and another boy were racing to the buoy, and that the other boy turned around and Gibbs was gone. Finch also said Gibbs was a good swimmer and planned to join the Army.

Dozens of people who knew the teen gathered at the church late Monday in remembrance.

“Jordan was just a colorful young man, well-liked, well-loved by everybody. He always made people laugh and he loved the Lord. He was on fire for Jesus,” said Pastor Johnny Rivera with Calvary Chapel Cary.

Finch said a public visitation for Gibbs is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Chapel Cary. A memorial service will follow at the church.


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  • Vietnam Vet Sep 7, 2010

    That is kind of eerie... Jordan Gibbs drowning in Jordan Lake? My condolences to his family and friends.

  • Tripp674 Sep 7, 2010

    So sad a Facebook page in his honor is up. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/RIP-Jordan-Gibbs/112648075459868

  • peggybaker2 Sep 7, 2010

    It is so sad to hear this and my heart goes out to this family. We were at Jordan Lake at this time and when we were leaving, we saw all the rescue fly by us and then came the boat. We pulled over and said a prayer for whomever it was for. We are so sorry for their loss.

  • youaskedmetodothis Sep 7, 2010

    Dear Strangers,

    Please be sensitive that this family, their hearts ripped out with grief at the loss of a much-loved child, might be reading your comments. Please refrain from making judgments that would wound any family member. I knew Jordan's Mom years ago, and have tremendous respect for her and for her family. I met Jordan when he was still pretty young -- he was obviously a very bright, beautiful, beloved child. While there may someday be comfort for his family in the belief that Jordan lives eternally in bliss, for now, his family's grief surely is overwhelming. This is not a typical news story forum, where you can express opinions, however informed or uninformed, without consequence. This is sacred space, the space of true tragedy, of witnessed heartbreak. Please, let's just take a moment to hug our own kids, glad to have them this moment, and send the Gibbs family nothing but love and support. Love and support.

  • meBNme Sep 7, 2010

    But for HIM, going to heaven would not have been an unfortunate thing. He just got a short cut.

    God didnt "take him away" from his loved ones. God would have simply accepted him when his physical life was over.

  • meBNme Sep 7, 2010

    Folks, God didnt "Take him" away. He was involved in a very tragic ACCIDENT.
    God doesnt just snach people.
    Thats just a traditional religios way of avoiding the fact than in life, things happen.

    Religion teaches all the hokey feel good pie in the sky mess.
    Christianity teaches that "it rains on the just, and the unjust"

    The same religios folks who get mad at people for blaming God for some drunk drivers death, then turn around and say that "God took" some fellow believer to heaven.

    Thats not biblically accurate.

    God gave us life, and the power of CHOICE. In the course of live and choices, sometimes bad things happen. Its a just a fact. The good news for Christians is that whenever our time IS up, we get heaven.

    Aparently this young man was striving to live a good life, as a respectable person, following Chistianity. Unfortunately FOR THOSE LEFT ALIVE his journey ended at 18 in a tragig accident of drowning.
    But for HIM, going to heaven would not have been an unfortunate thing. He

  • 007KnightRider Sep 7, 2010

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this young man.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Sep 7, 2010

    My prayers go out to all of his family, friends, and everyone who loved him. Such a tragic loss when a young person is taken from us too soon. It brings joy to my soul to know that he knew & loved the Lord, but I know that the pain his loved ones are going through must be horrible. May God touch their hearts & heal their pain.

  • alisaboykin Sep 7, 2010

    anne53ozzy: Yes as a matter of fact I know he was a christian...if he was jewish, he would still of ended up with eternal life in heaven..This is the last I will post..I have my belief and you have yours

  • CATEYES47 Sep 7, 2010

    This weekend our state lost two young men and there are some or you that just do not have a heart...both incidents were accidents and as a couple of said God was ready to take them home..why can't we pray for these families and stop trying to make the sitution worse than it already is..One of these young men I knew and the other I didn't but imagine how you would feel if it was yours......but you want and can't and I'm sure these parents didn't either...so just pray for them and be there for them if you know them cause diffently need their family and friends to get through this