Former Palatine High School student dies in accidental drowning

WALWORTH COUNTY, Wisc. -- Courtland “Court” Cornelius was celebrating the end of his freshman year of college when he drowned in a Wisconsin lake on Friday.

The 19-year-old Palatine High School graduate was swimming with his girlfriend at Whitewater Lake, about an hour from Kenosha, after completing his freshman year at Carthage College. He was a criminal justice major, and hoped to serve as a police officer some day.

His brother Kendric Cornelius said after falling off of a jet ski, Court tried to swim back to it, but it kept moving away. Unable to reach something to hold onto, he says Court eventually went under the water. Authorities began searching for him after getting a call of a swimmer in distress around 5:30 p.m. His body was found three hours later.

Court, who taught his older brother to swim, taught him how to live, as well, he says. A rock. Always striving to be the best, even as the youngest in the family.

"He had so much potential," Kendric said.

A funeral service is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday at:
1520 N Arlington heights Rd.
Arlington heights, Illinois