Vigil Held For Teen Who Drowned At Percy Priest Dam

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A candlelight vigil was held for a 19-year-old Riverdale High School student who drowned at Percy Priest Dam. 

The vigil for Corey Polk was held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Summerlake in Murfreesboro. 

Hundreds gathered to light candles, write messages on note cards for a scrapbook, and then release balloons. Members of Eastside Church of Christ of Nashville sang two songs at the beginning of the vigil.

On May 11, Polk and several of his family members were all out at Percy Priest enjoying a beautiful day together when the unimaginable happened. 

Polk decided he wanted to try to swim from one side of the cove to the other. Polk's mother, Cherita Okoro, admitted he wasn't an advanced swimmer and he couldn't make it. 

Multiple people tried to help save him, including a fisherman out on the water, but the current sent Polk down too far underwater.  

Emergency responders recovered his body around 10:20 p.m. His family laid him to rest on Thursday May 17 . 

He was set to graduate from Riverdale in a ceremony at the Murfreesboro Center at MTSU on Saturday. If you'd like to donate to help the family with expenses, a GoFundMe account has been set up. 

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