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Body of Missing College Basketball Player Recovered From Idaho River Following Tragic Rafting Accident

OKLAHOMA CITY – MARCH 20: A general view of the Brigham Young Cougars as they bring the ball up court on offense against the Kansas State Wildcats during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 20, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

This is just the type of tragic news that the college basketball world did not want to hear, as reports state that the body of a missing LSU Eunice student was found Sunday after he fell out of a raft in an Idaho river last week.

Everette Roman Jackson, a 21-year-old sophomore forward at Louisiana State University Eunice, was pulled Sunday from the Payette River after falling into the water while rafting with his girlfriend on June 11th, the Idaho Statesman reported.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time,” Gem County Sheriff Donnie Wunder said in a statement. “We are grateful to all of the emergency responders and volunteers who made this recovery possible.”

According to family members, 21-year-old Everett Jackson and his girlfriend missed their exit while tubing and tried to paddle back to a dock. She was able to cling to a branch, but Jackson was reportedly pulled away in the current.

Gem County Sheriff’s Office warned of dangerous conditions on the Payette River two days after Jackson vanished while rafting.

“Current conditions make rives and canals much more dangerous,” deputies wrote on Facebook. “Avoiding the rivers and canals at this time is strongly suggested.”

Thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.

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