Dozens attend vigil for 7-year-old who drowned in Avon pond

(Provided Photo/Shaw family)

AVON, Ind. (WISH) – The 7-year-old boy who drowned in a retention pond was remembered at a candlelight vigil on Sunday evening.

The service was held by the same retention pond in the Wynbrooke Subdivision where Javon Shaw lost his life on Monday.

Shaw’s aunt says she already started working with her employer, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, and Indianpolis Public Schools to develop a program to provide free swimming lessons to inner-city children.

“This water was waist deep. That little boy could’ve stood up, but he panicked, and he didn’t know how to swim, and so his legacy will live on and there will be many children, especially my own, that will learn how to swim,” Chelsea Lynn said.

Shaw’s family also shared their thanks for all those who tried to save his life, including Officer Jay Barrow and his wife Sherri Barrow.

Javon would have started 2nd grade in the fall. He was the youngest of four brothers.

The community is welcome to come to a public viewing on Monday at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 12 p.m. The funeral for close friends and family will begin following the viewing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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