RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Friday morning in Norfolk, a Richmond man lost his life in a deadly crash that also left his friend and co-worker hospitalized.
The crash claimed the life of 21-year-old Jordan Zimmerman, who attended Norfolk's Old Dominion University. Jordan's mother Janet says his car was t-boned by another car.
The mother said the one thing that's holding her together during this tremendously difficult time is the last conversation she had with her son.
"The last thing he said to me was 'I love you, girl.' and I said, 'I love you, boy.' We hung up on one another and the next morning is when I got the knock on the door," Janet reflected.
Zimmerman was very active at ODU. He was on student government and majored in criminal justice with two minors. He worked at the local YMCA and was eyeing law school after this school year.
"I would say to him, 'I hope you're getting enough rest.' He would say, 'Girl, leave me alone, I'm fine," Janet said. "So, yeah, we are pretty proud…we're very proud of him and the many lives that he touched."
Janet says the calls have been pouring in from friends all over Virginia who have offered their condolences to the family. She wanted to share Jordan's tragic story with hopes that other parents will understand how important it is to tell your kids you love them, as often as possible.
"Just remember, when your child leaves the house every day make sure, make sure, you tell 'em that you love 'em, give 'em a hug, call 'em a couple of times a day even if it's just to pick the phone up and say, 'Hey just checkin' in, letting you know I love you," Janet shared.
The vigil for Zimmerman is scheduled for Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Community High School. Anyone is welcome to attend.
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