Vigil held for boy who drowned in Avon pond

7-year-old died July 14

AVON, Indiana - A 7-year-old boy's life was remembered Sunday, nearly a week after he drowned in an Avon retention pond.

Police said 7-year-old Javon Shaw went to the pond with two cousins on July 14. Witnesses said they found Shaw in the pond , and immediately tried to save him, but the boy didn't make it.

On Sunday, family and friends gathered for a vigil next to the pond. Shaw's grandmother said the sight of the water brought her some peace.

"Javon was so special," his grandmother said. "His smile could light up any room, the hallway … wherever he was, he was smiling."

Those gathered at the vigil said Shaw loved music, books about teddy bears and going to church.

Some of those in attendance at the vigil were also at the pond on Monday, when they were responding to a 10-year-old's plea to help his drowning cousin.

Shaw's parents thanked the good Samaritans who rushed to pull him out of the water and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

"I am so happy that you were here with him, and I just thank you from the bottom of my heart for that," his mother said.

Shaw was in the Avon neighborhood visiting his cousins.

Hendricks County authorities say they were heading to the playground, but stopped at the pond to pick lily pads for their mothers.

Shaw's funeral is scheduled for Monday at his family's church in Indianapolis. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until roughly noon at St. Paul Brightwood United Methodist Church (2410 N. Station St., Indianapolis). The service will start at noon. Shaw will be laid to rest at Crown Hill Cemetery.

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