Mark Moore: Vigil held for swimmer who drowned in Potomac

CROFTON, Md. (WJLA) -- The day that would have been Mark Moore’s 23rd birthday is the day that rescue crews confirmed to his mother that they recovered his body from the Potomac River.

"I just needed that closure...Now that they found his body about an hour ago, I got closure," said the drowning victim's mother, Lynna Moore.

The entire Moore family, along with about 80 friends, gathered in a field in Crofton on Thursday night – not to memorialize, but to celebrate Mark Moore by candlelight.

"He was a caring person, he was people person, everybody loved him," said Lynna.

But the four-day wait for word on an identification left many emotionally exhausted.

"He would usually text me and call me, its just so unreal," said Mark Moore's sister, Sierra.

It is a bittersweet remembrance, as Mark was just months away from becoming a father for the very first time.

Mark's girlfriend, Ambrea Nicklow, said of her growing belly, "Every time I feel a kick and a move, I know that's him in there."

It was Monday when Mark and friends climbed to Observation Point at Great Falls. It was a sweltering evening as they climbed down the rocks at the ‘S’ turn. Mark waded into what he thought was tranquil waters, unaware of the vicious current below.

He tried to swim and was close to shore, but the strong current took him backwards.

It is grim news, but still a comfort to the family, who say they can finally lay their son to rest.

Moore is the fourth person to drown in the Potomac this summer.