Vigil held for Spring Breaker

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

A candlelight vigil was held Friday evening on South Padre Island to remember Killeen man Jordan Britten who was found dead last Thursday. Britten was on the Island for Spring Break and disappeared after attending  an UME concert at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort. The vigil was held by Island Baptist Church and attended by approximately 100 locals and visitors.

“This, as a community, we come here to bond and say, you know what, we’re sorry,” said Elizabeth Silva, who organized the event. “We’re sorry this happened to this young man and that it happened in our community. That is happened on our Island. This is not what we would have wanted for anybody… As we bow our heads in prayer tonight, we remember Jordan Britten,” she said.

The four day long search garnered thousands of supporters on social media pages dedicated to help find the Central Texas College student.  Several local law enforcement entities searched over land, sea and air before Britten’s body was found hidden in a marshy area near the resort.

Several ceremony attendees shared prayers and poems to honor the 20 year old. “I feel like ever since the day this community found out that Jordan was missing, we all bonded together,” said Diane O’Leary, who attended the vigil with friends. “We all feel like we know him although most of us have never met the man. I just feel sorry for his mother, his stepfather and his family right now, but Jordan’s up there and he’s flying,” she said

Britten was hoping to become a pilot when he was older.

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