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Quawan Charles Cause of Death "Likely Drowning"; Family Suspects Foul Play

The body of a young male that was discovered lifeless in a rural area off Ed Broussard Road near the village of Loreauville on Monday, has been identified as missing 15-year-old Quawan Charles.

The teen went missing after leaving his father’s home without his permission on Friday and was positively identified by relatives.

Charles left with a 17-year-old friend and his friend's mother, according to a family spokesperson. The family said they reported him missing later that night to the Baldwin Police Department after attempts to reach the teen by phone were unsuccessful.

A graphic photo has been circulating and prompting outrage online.

The image, allegedly of the teen, shows the mutilated face of a Black boy who has several open skin wounds and disfigurement so severe that several teeth are visible.

A GoFundMe has raised more than $70,000 in three days for the teen’s family to cover costs of an independent autopsy and burial expenses.

The online fundraiser depicts an image of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old who was murdered by white supermacist in 1955 while visiting family in Mississippi, beside the alleged photo of Bobby.

An independent autopsy by Charles’ family stated that he most likely drowned, after questions were raised following the police’s autopsy.

A vigil will be held in remembrance of Quawan on Thursday.

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