Sister: Brother who drowned was a good swimmer


Johnathan Cureton jumped from a bridge into Mountain Island Lake last week, but never resurfaced.

Alivia Cureton said she knew her brother was adventurous and lived life to the fullest. But she said she had mixed feelings on July 31 when her brother told her he wanted to jump off the bridge to shoot a YouTube video.

“He was really excited,” Alivia said. “He was so happy. He was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to do this,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, OK,’ and I was trying to be excited for him but I was like, ‘I don’t know. I’ve never seen anyone jump off a bridge before as something fun to do.’”

She knew he would do it with or without her so she agreed to take him to the lake and shoot the adventure with her iPhone.

She said one thing gave her peace.

“He’s a hell of a swimmer so that’s why I felt OK with it,” Alivia said.


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