Co-workers of Lorenzo Moore say he died doing what he loved.
The 29-year-old drowned Sunday afternoon in the St. Johns River after jumping in for a cast net at the Shands Pier off State Road 13 in St. Johns County.
Those who worked with Moore at the Ruth's Chris Steak House on Jacksonville's Southbank, where he was a cook for eight years, spoke Monday about losing Moore.
"He's just the greatest guy, very quiet, unassuming, a wonderful leader and a coach for us," said Pete Tambini, Ruth's Chris regional vice president.
Tambini said Moore was a role model, so much so that the company would fly him across the country to train future cooks at other Ruth's Chris restaurants.
Outside of work he was a family man who in his spare time loved to fish. That's what he died doing Sunday, according to St. Johns County deputies.
They said that about 2:45 p.m., Moore was throwing a cast net at the Shands Pier, and he lost it and went in after it. Investigators said he was diving down, trying to get it off the bottom, and he never came back up.
Crews rushed in and searched for him, but couldn't find him. His body found about 5:30 p.m. on the riverbed just north of the dock.
Moore's death was ruled accidental. As his family tries to cope with his death, those in his work family say they'll be there for his loved ones.
"We will certainly support the family in any possible way we can, whether it's financially or just comforting the family," Tambini said. "And we will obviously be strongly represented when service arrangements are made."
As of now, Moore's family members have not yet announced any funeral plans.