It's a moment that will forever haunt Naya Rivera's dad George.
"I could see that the wind was blowing and my stomach was just cringing," he recalled to People magazine. "I kept telling her, 'Don't get out of the boat! Don't get out of the boat! It will drift away when you're in the water.'"
Just a few minutes later, when their call cut short, George "had this bad feeling that was just killing me."
Unfortunately, his gut was right. Later that day, Josey was found alone in the boat with Naya, 33, nowhere to be found. It would take five days to recover her body, found floating on the lake's surface in the early hours of July 13. An autopsy detailed her cause of death as an accidental drowning.
"It's still pretty much a big blur of pain almost a year later," George said. "Things are slowly coming a little more into focus, but I don't know if I'll ever find closure from this. I miss her every day."
So do her fans and family—and they've found ways to honor her immeasurable legacy. In April, for instance, several Glee cast members reunited for an emotional tribute to their late co-star, who played Santana Lopez, at the GLAAD Media Awards. "Her best role was her being a mom," Jenna Ushkowitz said. "That was the most fulfilling to see her do that."
Today, her memory—her strength—live on through Josey. "This little boy...man...I couldn't be any prouder of someone," her ex Ryan Dorsey wrote on Instagram while celebrating their son's fifth birthday in January. "At such a young age, he's endured more than anyone should at 5 years old. Without even fully realizing it, he lives the #keeppounding mantra every day with his resilance [sic]. You're so strong, so brave, and so kind. I will always be proud of you and we will always #keeppounding b/c that's all we can do."