Drowning Victim’s Father: She Slipped off the Rocks After Run

A visitation for 32-year-old Rebecca Long of Lake Forest will be held Friday and a service on Saturday.


The 32-year-old Lake Forest woman whose body was pulled from the lake last week likely slipped off a rock wall while trying to cool off after a run and then couldn’t get out of the frigid water, her father told TribLocal.

Rebecca Long died after an extensive search for a swimmer in distress off Forest Park Beach was unable to save her and her body was pulled from the lake a few hours later. She was wearing running clothes at the time.

Her father, Gerard Long, of Lake Forest, is a former banking executive who became executive director of Alpha USA, a Christian ministry organization based out of Bannockburn, the TribLocal article says. The family moved to Lake Forest in 2003 and Rebecca lived with her parents.

She was the national director of Youth Alpha, according to the group’s website. She joined Alpha USA in 2006 after getting her MBA from Loyola University.

The organization is accepting donations in her name for the Alpha Youth Film Series that she launched.

Her funeral details are posted on the Alpha USA website here.

You can read the full TribLocal interview with her parents here.

Benny G. May 16, 2014 at 03:23 PM
John 11:23-26 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
owen bailey May 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Benny Hinn, Kerney Thomas, Robert Tilton, Peter Popoff, Todd Bentley, Jesus Christ...............if you choose to believe written words from 2000 years ago you are as fickle as they were back then.
Donna Smith May 19, 2014 at 07:49 PM
Owen Bailey...Benny G.'s comment was his way of expressing sympathy to the Long family at the loss of Rebecca and obviously it is expressed within the context of the Long family faith not yours. Empathy and compassion have been around for well over 2000 years. This family is suffering and in pain. Can't you make a choice to say something kind to this family and not mock their faith?
Tom May 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM
This is completely inappropriate. This is about the profoundly sad story about a woman who died.


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