Family seeks answers in death of 15-year-old

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The family of Quawan Charles, victim of an alleged drowning, seeks answers for Charles’ untimely death. (Courtesy photo)

By Sean Yoes
AFRO Senior Reporter
syoes@afro.com

The death of 15-year old Quawan Charles has some likening his fate to that of Emmett Till, who was murdered at the hands of two White men in Money, Miss. in 1955.

Charles’ body was discovered in a sugarcane field on Nov. 3, in the small town of Loreauville, La., in Iberia Parish, his face was badly distorted. According to an autopsy he died of drowning.

His family, which reported him missing on Oct. 30, does not accept the drowning theory and they have several questions concerning the investigation by the Baldwin La. Police Department.

According to some reports, Janet Irvin, 37, who is White was the last person to see Charles alive. Irvin, who allegedly has an extensive arrest record including drug-related charges.

The Charles family said Quawan was picked up on Oct. 30 by Irvin and her 17-year old son outside of the slain teen’s father’s house in Baldwin, La. But, according to the family his parents don’t know the woman and they never consented to him leaving with Irvin and her son.

“People are angry. People are upset,” said Celina Charles, who is Quawan Charles’ cousin and is acting as the family’s spokesperson. “As far as we’re concerned, Quawan was under her (Irvin’s) care. We’d just like to know what happened.”

Emmett Till’s murder in August 1955 at age 14 by two White men, allegedly for whistling at a White woman helped spark the American Civil Rights Movement.