- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

AVON, Ind. (AP) - The aunt of a 7-year-old boy who drowned in a neighborhood retention pond in suburban Indianapolis says she is working to establish free swimming lessons for inner-city children.

Dozens of people attended a vigil Sunday evening for Javon Shaw of Indianapolis at the Avon pond where police say he drowned July 14 while he and his 10- and 6-year-old cousins tried to pick lily pads.

Chelsea Lynn tells WISH-TV her nephew panicked because he didn’t know how to swim and drowned in waist-deep water. She says she’s working to set up free swimming lessons with Indianapolis Public Schools and the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, where she is employed.

WTHR-TV reports Jerome Shaw thanked those who tried to save his son, but said the boy’s death was God’s decision.

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