Mother of drowned 13-year-old remains positive through tragedy

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - The mother of Jayion Harris-Jordan, the 13-year-old boy who drowned at the Clinton lake outlet, is staying positive in the face of tragedy.

Jalisa Jordan says she may never forget the pain of Jayion's final moments.

"His 10-year-old brother was holding on to his hand, and as he described, his brother pushed his hand away," she said.

As Jayion was carried away by the current Thursday evening - Jordan watched from the shoreline of the outlet - knowing it would be impossible to save him.

"I looked at my son who was out there and ... that is literally the hardest, I wouldn't wish that on anyone. I saw his hand, it was going backwards."

Through her pain, one thing lightens the burden.

"I get my strength from God. That's why I'm at peace," Jordan said.

"I can't be angry, I don't want to be angry either."

Jayion had brothers and sisters - Jordan knows she needs to be strong for them - and remind them to remember the good times.

Jordan says her son was and will always be a light in the darkness.

"He knew that love was the most important thing to get people through and break through those shells and to heal people. You know I think he knew that and now I know that."

Jayion's wake will be held this Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Rumsey-Yotes funeral home, and is open to anyone who's grieving the loss.