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Funeral held for Black Louisiana teen who died in 'suspicious' circumstances in sugar cane field

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 22/11/2020 20:22:34 David Matthews

A funeral was held Saturday for Quawan Charles, a 15-year-old Black child who was found dead under "suspicious" in a sugar cane field in Louisiana in November.

"You slowly have brought our family together to support one another, express our true feelings and connect on a more intimate level," Eve Greenberg, Quawan's sister, said Saturday at the service, held at West St. Mary Civic Center in Jeanerette. "We will forever hold the memories of you and the memories we wish we could have had with you close to our hearts."

Charles disappeared from his father's home in Baldwin, about 115 miles west of New Orleans, on Oct. 30. He was seen getting into a car with his friend and the friend's mother. His body was found Nov. 3 in a sugar cane field about 20 miles away. The coroner declared that drowning was the likely cause of death.

The boy's family have called for a probe of why police did not issue an Amber Alert after the boy disappeared.

a close up of a person: A funeral was held Saturday for Quawan Charles, a 15-year-old Black child who was found dead under © Provided by New York Daily NewsA funeral was held Saturday for Quawan Charles, a 15-year-old Black child who was found dead under "suspicious" in a sugar cane field in Louisiana in November.

A funeral was held Saturday for Quawan Charles, a 15-year-old Black child who was found dead under "suspicious" in a sugar cane field in Louisiana in November.


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Charles' mother, who reported him missing the day he disappeared from his father's house, believes her son would still be alive if police had acted faster.

"They could've done more. They didn't. They didn't do what they were supposed to do," Roxanne Nelson told "Good Morning America."

"Had they done what they were supposed to do, my son would be alive today. I feel because my son was Black, it didn't matter to them," she added.

According to Chase Trichell, the family's attorney, Louisiana law requires local law enforcement to notify the state police about missing children which enables state police to make an Amber Alert or media advisory. The family believes if this had happened, Charles, who was found in a neighboring parish, would not have died.

"My baby is dead," Nelson said. "I will never, ever see my child again on this earth. And I love my child. And I'm missing him like crazy. It's tearing me up."

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