By Kendall Harris / Staff Writer
On the evening of Saturday, April 12, LBCC student Damian Frierson, Jr., died at Sunset Beach due to drowning.
The 19-year-old student and two friends went to the beach in Huntington. They were told by Sunset Beach lifeguard Carlos Glines to come out of the water due to a strong rip current.
After returning to the area where the group was located, Glines saw one of the friends yelling for help as another friend tried to get out of the water and saw Frierson struggling against the rip current. At 6 p.m. Glines called dispatch and then paddled out to the water to search for Frierson, but saw no sign of him.
Lifeguards from Huntington, Seal Beach and Bolsa Chica State Beach came to the scene to help locate Frierson. After 40 minutes, they found his body 15 feet from where he was seen last. He was unconscious 10 feet beneath the surface. They pulled him out and immediately started CPR. Huntington Beach Fire Department paramedics then took him to Huntington Beach Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:21 p.m.
Frierson, who graduated from Jordan High School in 2012, was the middle of three children of Clarissa Turner and Damian Frierson Sr. He was studying business at LBCC and had hopes of working in the music industry. He worked at Burlington Coat Factory and dedicated his time to St. Reed Missionary Baptist Church.
A funeral was conducted for friends and family on Thursday, April 24. Family and friends posted images of Frierson to his Facebook and Twitter wall and changed their profile images to him in memorial of the 19-year-old.