Former Vanderbilt guard Dai-Jon Parker drowned in a boating accident yesterday, per a report from Indianapolis’s Fox 59. Parker was 22 and was playing at the Division II University of Indianapolis.
The university released a statement regarding Parker’s tragic death.
“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.”
A report by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources stated that Parker and a friend were in two inner tubes being pulled by a pontoon boat driven by two women, and that Parker’s tube hit a large wave in Morse Reservoir. Unlike the other man, Parker did not resurface after going under.
Vanderbilt assistant coach Tom Richardson tweeted a short tribute for the young man who averaged 7.7 points and shot 41 percent from the field in two years with the Commodores.
A very sad day for @VandyMBB with the loss of Dai-Jon Parker. Deepest sympathy to the Parker family and may Dai-Jon RIP.
— Tom Richardson (@CoachRichHoops) May 29, 2015
This case is still under investigation, but Campus Sports will update it as more details become available.
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