Jordan Nedeau remembered for love of family and helping those in need

Published: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 05:58 PM.

CHIPLEY —Jordan Rae Nedeau is being remembered by friends and family this week as a woman whose life mission was to help others.

The Chipley High School graduate died after a fellow Tallahassee Community College student drove into the Ochlockonee River, reportedly leaving the scene - and his passenger, 20-year-old Nedeau in his submerged 2001 Isuzu Rodeo.

The driver, Jeffrey Rushing, 20, has been arrested on charges of vehicular homicide but was released on bond Monday. Rushing is believed to have been intoxicated at the time of the incident.

While the investigation is still ongoing, Nedeau's family believes she died trying to ensure her classmate made it home safely.

"I was told the reason why she was in the car was to help someone back home who was intoxicated," said her father, John Nedeau. "That was so like her to try to help someone; she had a heart for helping people. Whatever transpired that night, there are still a lot of questions for which we don't have answers."

Nedeau, who graduated Summa Cum Laude from CHS in 2012, had hopes of becoming a math teacher and often combined her love for others with her natural knack for mathematics.

Nedeau's fellow 2012 CHS grad and recent college roommate, Shelby Joiner, says Nedeau spent many late nights helping her with higher maths.

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