Police announced Sunday afternoon that a body was recovered from the river. Taylor's mother confirmed to a local news station that it was her son.
Taylor’s friends said they were leaving the concert when Taylor made a joke about jumping in the river because it was so hot, the Daily Times reported. His friends tried to help him, but the current was too strong and he was swept away.
The family will have a service for him Friday, according to the newspaper.
"The death of a student affects the entire VSU community, and every member of our Blazer Nation family sends the deepest expressions of sympathy to Pace's family and friends as they process this devastating loss," a spokesman for the university said in the statement.