The body of a 13-year-old boy who went missing last week in the East River off of Manhattan was found on Friday. His mother passed out when she saw her de*ad son, according to police sources who spoke to The Post.
Police say they last saw Kavion Brown Godfrey in the water near East Sixth Street and FDR Drive on the afternoon of Oct. 20. He was then swept away.
His parents, Laquana Badger Godfrey and Donnell Godfrey, were the ones who identified his body after it was pulled out of the water near the South Street Seaport on Friday.
Sources say that his mom passed out because she was so upset by what she saw.
Sources say that Godfrey’s body came to the surface near East 10th Street and then floated down to Wall and South streets.
Sources say the de*ad teenager was taken out of the water at Pier 17.
The family and their lawyer said yesterday that they were thinking about suing the city Department of Education because their son got into the river.
He had been downtown with his coach to watch Lower East Side Prep play soccer. He played basketball for the school. His parents said that since there was no basketball practice that day, the coach told the basketball team to come cheer on the soccer kids.
Sanford Rubenstein, the family’s lawyer, said that the DOE may have had a “duty” to care for the teen and that duty was “breached.”
The Post has asked the DOE for a comment.
Since Godfrey went missing, the NYPD has used drones, scuba, and aviation teams to look for him. They and his parents are hoping that he will be found alive.
“We’ve used all the tools and information we have to try to find this young man,” Tarik Sheppard, Deputy Commissioner of Public Information for the NYPD, said Thursday.
The NYPD didn’t say for sure that a body had been found until Friday.
Friends and family of Kavion remember him as “smart” and willing to help anyone in need.