Lenoir-Rhyne student drowns in Lake Hickory
05/13/2014 7:29 AM
05/13/2014 7:30 AM
A Lenoir-Rhyne University student drowned late Monday afternoon while swimming with college friends in Lake Hickory, school officials and Catawba County authorities said.
Vince Njoku, a 19-year-old freshman from Woodstock, Ga., had gone to Geitner-Rotary Park to celebrate the end of the school year, authorities said.
Officials said friends report Njoku jumped into the water about 5:30 p.m. but did not come back up. Rescue crews arrived a few minutes later, and divers found the student’s body about 6:45 p.m. in 13 feet of water.
Njoku was majoring in computer science, according to the school. He was a member of the football team that reached the national championship game last year. Head football coach Ian Shields issued a statement, saying Njoku was a loved teammate and will be missed on the campus.
The university said it will have grief counselors available to meet with students and staff on Tuesday. Katie Fisher, Lenoir-Rhyne’s dean of students, said those in need of help can go to the Cornerstone Center on campus.
Njoku was a 2013 graduate of River Ridge High School near Atlanta.
Editor's Choice Videos
Join the Discussion
Charlotte Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.