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Family, friends honor young Lexington man who drowned

Friends, family and a big crowd of classmates gathered at First Baptist Church Bracktown on Friday night to honor a young Lexington man who drowned Monday in a Tennessee lake.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Friends, family and a big crowd of classmates gathered at First Baptist Church Bracktown on Friday night to honor a young Lexington man who drowned Monday in a Tennessee lake.

Jordan Houston was 20 years old, a former basketball player at Henry Clay High School and Asbury University, a member of the self-described "family" of young men from the Carter G. Woodson Academy and Black Males Working Academy.

Friends described Houston as someone with a big personality, a great sense of humor and just a special way about him. Family members said he was a man of faith. Those who knew him said he had so much promise and a bright future ahead of him.

"To know Jordan Houston was to love him. Just a fine young man," said Alvin Farris, one of Houston's teachers. "He just scratched the surface. He had a world of potential and a lot of promise in him. His life was cut off far too short."

Houston's parents said they are leaning on each other and their faith in their time of grief.

"I'm ripped apart," said Clifford Houston, Jordan's dad. "And I feel like how am I going to get through this? But what I know is my God will carry me through."

The Houstons said they are grateful to all of their son's friends who have talked to them or visited them and helped them.

At the vigil Friday night, family and friends prayed, sang, read Scripture and released balloons. More than that, they were there for each other.

"It's always good to have brothers around you to support each other, to hold each other, at times like this," said Josh Wooldridge, one of Houston's friends.

They said it is a big loss, but it is not goodbye forever. Friends said they will never forget Jordan Houston.

"He'll definitely be living through us," Wooldridge said.

Jordan Houston's visitation starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Crestwood Christian Church on Bellefonte Drive. His funeral follows at 1 p.m.

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