Pierce Students, faculty, and administrators are mourning the unexpected death of Pierce High School senior Christian Jordan.
Jordan was killed in a car accident on Feb. 26 in Yolo County. A candlelight vigil was held Friday, March 6, at the LaVanche Hursh Community Park in downtown Arbuckle.
Don Joel, pastor of the Arbuckle Community Church, led the vigil.
Joel’s opening remarks focused on sorrow and a plea to remember that it was appropriate to cry.
Following his opening comments, Christian’s life was eulogized at the podium by a handful of individuals selected to share their thoughts and memories.
Betsy Myers, Pierce High School Associated Student Body President, expressed condolences on behalf of Jordan’s fellow high school peers, and Julian Orgel-Garcia remembered Jordan for the love he shared.
“Seeing you walk in the room with a big plate of food for me; he always fed me,” said Orgel-Garcia. “You’re going to forever be in my heart.”
Myra Gaxiola shared that Christian was the type of person that if people around him were happy he would be happy too.
“He would always be the person you could go to when you need someone to talk to,” said Gaxiola. “He would always make everyone laugh even if they were having a bad day.”
Another classmate, Elizabeth Osorio, reaffirmed Christian’s character and his talent to make others smile and laugh.
“He just knew how to be that genuine, comforting person that you can open, and it would be safe with him,” Osorio shared.
Adrianna Moore shared her memories with the crowd with the help of Jordyn Stephens.
“When Chris and I first met it was on the bus. He was sitting in my seat, so I gave him attitude thinking he’ll move but he gave it straight back… I am thankful for all the fun and memories I had with Chris and with his Mom.”
Stephens shared her own reflections with the crowd.
“My favorite memory is going into Grote’s classroom and blasting Disney songs,” she said. “Man did that boy know how to sing the ‘Circle of Life’ from the Lion King. Chris was the kindest, loving person I have ever met.”
On behalf of the Pierce Joint Unified School District, Cathy Lopez, the Intervention and Prevention Counselor, expressed condolences from the district.
The vigil concluded with closing remarks and a benediction by Pastor Joel. He reiterated the love and dedication Jordan had for friends and family as expressed by those speakers before him. Joel shared additional words of encouragement and spiritual insights, and stressed Jordan’s delight in music.
“I was impressed that so many of our Pierce students approached us about having a vigil,” said Ellen Voorhees, Intervention and Prevention Counselor at PJUSD. “It is a true testimony to our entire Pierce Bear student body that our students care for and respect each other. The vigil was so special because it was student-driven and from the heart.
astor Joel was amazing when he met with students and as he delivered the message that evening.”