Worthington Kilbourne Students Remember Fallen Classmate


The "rock" outside Worthington Kilbourne High School is freshly painted with a new tribute to fallen classmate, Jordan Kendall.

The words say, ' We love you, Jordan.'

Derek Nehring says his 16-year-old stepson returned that love to everyone in his life.

Nehring says the sophomore loved sports and rap music - and always had a smile on his face.

"He touched everybody's heart that he met, and I'm truly sorry I never will be able to see him again," Nehring said. "Words can't explain what I'm feeling right now."

Columbus police say Jordan was driving down the Route 315 exit ramp just before 2 o'clock Sunday morning, when he slammed into another car stopped at the traffic light.

Police say the impact sent the other car careening across Kinnear Road, while Jordan's car spun twice and then crashed into a tree in the Lennox Theater parking lot.

"We got a knock at the door, I answered, and then they asked for Allison (Jordan’s Mom),” Nehring said.  “We had no clue what it was about."

Nehring says Jordan got off work at a nearby Donato's restaurant about ten o'clock Saturday night.

He told his Mom he was going to get something to eat and go to a friend's house.

Jordan’s parents did not know their 16-year-old would be out after the midnight curfew.

"We thought he'd be somewhere safe,” Nehring said.  “Where he told us he was going, we had no idea he was out driving that time of night."

"I hope maybe some young people can learn something from this to be careful when they're driving," he added. "We miss him and wish we could bring him back."

Police are looking into speed and any other circumstances that led to this crash.

An autopsy is being performed, but it will be weeks before results from toxicology tests come back.

Grief counselors will be on hand all this week at Worthington Kilbourne High Schoo, as students cope with Jordan's death.