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Friends remember Manatee County teen killed as 'outgoing, kind and athletic'

Police say Drevian Mays died at a home in Sarasota
Posted at 11:20 PM, Mar 14, 2019

BRADENTON, Fla. — Hundreds gathered on Thursday evening to remember a teen who was shot and killed over the weekend.

17-year-old Drevian Mays died at a home on Gregg Court in Sarasota on Sunday morning.

"I really didn't believe it, I really didn't believe it until a lot of people started saying it," said Larquez Walker, a friend of Mays.

Sarasota Police have not released the circumstances surrounding the death of the 17-year-old, but said the shooter, 17-year-old James Griffin Junior, faces charges of aggravated manslaughter of a child. He turned himself into police on Monday.

"Guns aren't toys. They're really not, I hope more people realize it because they're really not something to play around with," said Georgia Jones.

Hundreds gathered at a vigil around Bradenton's Riverwalk to remember the teenager. The released black and white balloons.

The Manatee County School District said Mays attended Braden River High School and played basketball and football.

"He was funny. He was brilliant, a great basketball player. He was the class clown, but he knew when to turn it off and turn it back on," said cousin Clinton Brewer.

Clinton Brewer, a cousin of Mays, said he was an average 17-year-old who had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone.

"He was all around about family and love," Brewer added.

Friends heartbroken thinking about the birthdays, holidays and the graduation Mays will miss.

"He was a basketball player going to college and having a future. It's hurting me to say that he is gone," said Ronnie Morton.

"We're not going to stay sad, Drevo would not have wanted that," added Walker.