Family mourns the loss of husband and son kayaking at Cherry Creek Reservoir
AURORA, Colorado – Christopher Carmon loved the great outdoors and going fishing and kayaking, but his Sunday adventure took his life when his kayak capsized in Cherry Creek Reservoir.
Brizghane (Bri) Jarmon met her husband Christopher Carmon, 26, in 2016. They were both looking for Pokémon on the Pokemon GO app when she ran into him. The two hit it off, and she says the rest was history.
“Kind of a soul mate moment,” Jarmon said. “It was a very genuine spirit. He was a good person, a good heart.
Christopher Carmon served four years in the military. His family described him as calm and intelligent. They say he liked to be outside.
Modestine Robbins Yarbough, Jarmon’s grandmother, remembers her granddaughter frantically calling her.
“She said, ‘Nah, Chris is dead. Nah, Chris is dead, “” said Robbins Yarbough. “It was the most horrible, horrible thing to hear your granddaughter in so much pain.
It has been four days since Jarmon learned the news that her husband’s body was found in the Cherry Creek Reservoir.
“It was tough. No one ever wants to get that call,” Jarmon said.
She said the hardest part was not being able to call her.
“I don’t have anyone to talk to now,” Jarmon said.
Christopher Carmon’s mother, Shannon Carmon, and grandmother flew to Denver from North Carolina. Shannon Carmon said an MP visited their home on Sunday and broke the tragic news.
“I didn’t want to believe it because he’s my little boy,” said Shannon Carmon. “I don’t wish that on anyone. It’s just hurtful.
This is the second son Shannon Carmon has lost. His eldest son died almost three years ago.
“People say that over time it heals; This is not the case. You learn to cope, ”said Shannon Carmon.
She said he plans to visit his family at the end of the month for his little sister’s graduation.
“Every time he came home he was kissed, he was loved. So many people right now are heartbroken, ”said Shannon Carmon.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife believes a storm created gusts of wind and choppy water that may have capsized the kayak. Christopher Carmon was not wearing a life jacket.
“If you decide to go kayaking – it’s nice in Colorado – please check the weather before you go,” Jarmon said.
The family say that although it was difficult to deal with their loss, they are grateful to the onlookers who called 911 and tried to help them.
Shannon Carmon started a scholarship program when she lost her first son and plans to do the same for Christopher Carmon.