Roseville teacher Jerome Gordon-Jackson jumped from Hennepin Avenue bridge hours after DWI arrest
Today, the Ramsey County medical examiner confirmed that a body found near the Ford Dam in the Mississippi River last week belonged to Jerome Gordon-Jackson.
Gordon-Jackson, a 28-year-old special education teacher for Roseville Area Schools, jumped to his death from the Hennepin Avenue Bridge early May 18, hours after he was arrested for DWI.
According to a Pioneer Press report, Gordon-Jackson, who lived with his grandmother in Dayton, Minnesota but had made plans to spend the night with a friend in Minneapolis, was out downtown with his friends the evening of May 17. Around 2 a.m. the following morning, he was pulled over with a BAL of 0.17. Minnesota State Patrol spokesman Eric Roeske characterized Gordon-Jackson as "very cooperative" while he was being arrested and processed at the police station.
According to a blogger who spoke with Gordon-Jackson's family, Jerome texted his sister about getting a ride from the police station after he was pulled over, but nobody heard from him after that. About 5 a.m., police received a report from a witness who said they saw Gordon-Jackson preparing to jump from the Hennepin Avenue Bridge and tried to "talk him down." That effort, tragically, was unsuccessful.
The blogger, Mackenzie Claire, writes that Gordon-Jackson "recently completed a Masters program in education, has no criminal record and has no history of mental illness."
One of the friends Gordon-Jackson was out with the last night of his life, Josh Baker, told the PiPress that Gordon-Jackson was to be a groomsman at his July wedding.
"We were looking forward to him being in our wedding and life," Baker said. "The last time we saw him he was all smiles."
CORRECTION -- An early version of this report was mistaken about the Minneapolis bridge Gordon-Jackson jumped from.
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