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College friends raise money in memory of Fort Worth Country Day grad

Fraternity brothers of a Fort Worth Country Day graduate who was found dead at their University of Alabama frat house Monday are raising money for depression awareness.

Parker Alexander Jordan, 22, was a member of the 2011 pledge class of the Theta Chi fraternity at the university in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Jordan was a sophomore accounting major and a “dedicated and outstanding brother,” according to Theta Chi’s university website.

The Theta Chi chapter has raised about $9,000 for a donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in his honor, fraternity vice president Clayton Williams said Thursday night.

“It’s a wonderful thing they are doing,” mother Randa Jordan said Thursday.

The Tuscaloosa County medical examiner’s office declined Friday to provide information about the cause and manner of Jordan’s death.

The foundation is the nation’s leading organization in preventive suicide education and support for those left behind, according to its website.

The University of Alabama Counseling Center sponsors the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk. The walk helps raise money for the foundation and raises awareness about depression and suicide.

University spokeswoman Cathy Andreen said a walk was already scheduled for Sunday afternoon. At least 300 University of Alabama students have signed up to walk in Jordan’s honor, Williams said.

Jordan was born in Fort Worth and attended Fort Worth Country Day from kindergarten through his senior year. He graduated in 2011 after playing varsity basketball, volleyball and tennis at the private school.

He also progressed from being a young camper at Camp Longhorn in the Texas Hill Country to a head counselor over the years.

“Fort Worth Country Day extends its deepest sympathies to the Jordan family and those closest to Parker,” Country Day spokeswoman Shannon Allen said in a prepared statement.

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