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Drowning Victim Was Well-Liked; Quavious Brown Was Caught in Riptide

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Drowning Victim Was Well-Liked; Quavious Brown Was Caught in Riptide

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Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

Some of Fernandina Beach's finest are mourning the loss of Quavious Brown, a 16-year-old city native who drowned in a riptide July 30.

An all-around athlete, Quavious was a member of the Fernandina Beach High School junior varsity basketball team. He would have been a sophomore this year.

"The family is pulling together," said Patricia Thompson, a close friend of the family. "They're going to miss him. He was her only son; with that only son gone, there really is going to be a void."

Quavious was swimming with friends about 1:30 p.m. July 30 in rough conditions near the Jasmine Road beach access, police said. After an intensive search by rescue workers, his body was found 12 hours later washed up on shore.

Adults who knew Quavious said he was a polite and precocious boy.

Thompson, a former city commissioner, said she saw Quavious about an hour before the accident riding his bicycle around the neighborhood.

"I waved to him," she said. "And I thought, 'That's a real good role model.' He wasn't running the street, he was running an errand. He always ran errands for his mother and his grandmother. You would always see him running about on some type of business. . . .

"He was a well-mannered young man," Thompson said.

Charles Albert, a former mayor of Fernandina Beach, said he had run into Quavious a few weeks before the accident.

"It's sort of a very unique experience with me, something like a divine intervention," Albert said. "I was at the [gas] filling station, and he just came up so cheerful. 'Hey, Mr. Albert. Mr. Albert.' Sort of like he was saying goodbye to me. When I heard what happened, it really disturbed me. He came up and greeted me with so much enthusiasm."

Albert coached Quavious for three years on his Little League team, in which the boy played shortstop and pitcher. …

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