Drowning victim identified as University of Indianapolis basketball player Dai-Jon Parker
HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (May 29, 2015) – A University of Indianapolis basketball player died Thursday in Morse Reservoir.
The drowning victim from Thursday’s accident was identified as 22-year-old Dai-Jon Parker. Parker, a Louisiana native, transferred to UIndy after playing three seasons at Vanderbilt.
The university released the following statement:
The entire University of Indianapolis community mourns the loss of Dai-Jon Parker, a senior student-athlete with a vibrant personality who had a great future ahead. This is a tragic situation for everyone involved, and UIndy is offering counseling and support to the people closest to him. Please keep Dai-Jon’s family, friends and teammates in your thoughts and prayers.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said a pontoon boat with two women on board was pulling an inner tube with two men on it. The inner tube hit a large wave, knocking Parker and the other man into the water. The boat circled around to find one of them, but Parker didn’t resurface.
Crews recovered his body hours later. Investigators said Parker wasn’t wearing a life jacket. Police also said Parker was not a strong swimmer.
The case remains under investigation.
Many in the UIndy, Vanderbilt and college basketball communities took to Twitter to give their regards to Parker: