KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) - The little boy who drowned in a Kentwood Park Pond Thursday was remembered by family as full of life and energy.
Shamon Braylin Gant Hayes had a big name for a small boy with a short life. Though Braylin, as he liked to be called, only lived a short 18 months, he made a big impact on those who knew him.
His great-grandmother, Geneva Morrow, said she will miss his big beautiful smile.
"The smile. Beautiful smile. You can just look at him and he would just laugh. Whatever you say to him, he got a big grin on him. I say now I see him in heaven with angels flying around him and he reaching up trying to catch them. That's just the kind of child he was," she said.
The rambunctious 18-month-old loved rolling around on his scooter and playing in the garden.
Morrow told 24 Hour News 8 Braylin loved to spend time at her house. He was there Wednesday -- a final visit that Morrow will remember forever.
"He was over yesterday and was playing out there. Matter of fact, he was getting a little rough and I sit him down for timeout, I said, 'You got to have a timeout.' So I sit him on the porch and I put my legs around him and squeezed so he couldn't get up," she recalled.
He loved to play anything with anyone. It didn't even matter if they were four times his size.
"He tried to be out there playing basketball and football," Morrow said. "Because he with his other brother and sister and like I said I have other grandchildren and he gets out there and wants to do what they do. So he be out there with them trying."
The loss is tough on family members who got the news Thursday afternoon.
"Terrible. Terrible. They leave and go home and then you get this call today, it's just devastating. I'm just torn apart. It's sad," Morrow said.
Braylin went to Old Farm Shores Park in Kentwood with two of his siblings Thursday afternoon. His siblings lost track of the 18-month-old, but found him floating in the pond and began to call for help.
A Kentwood Recreation Department staff member went into the water, found the boy fully submerged, and pulled him out. CPR was performed on the scene before Braylin was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
According to Kentwood Police, Braylin's mother Shanika Gant-Hayes was at a nearby apartment and not with the children when Braylin drowned.
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