Funds sought to help Javontay Reed’s family

by Emma Smith

The community is banding together to help out the family suffering from a tragic loss.

After an extensive search, Javontay Reed, a 13-year-old boy with autism, was found dead in a residential pool on Merrydale Drive on Monday, June 4. Reed was the son of Jessica Mann and had two older brothers, Justin and Marcus, and a younger sister named Jessica, who also has autism.

Fayette resident JJ Battle has kickstarted a GoFundMe page on behalf of Mann and her family to help cover funeral and burial costs.

“Javontay’s mother credits his overcoming spirit with being the powerful force that inspired her to get through difficult times,” Battle wrote on the page. “Regardless of what was happening in the world around them, Javontay could always bring a smile to her face.”

“Many people who knew Javontay describe how bright and charming his smile was – and that it had the power to transform the world.”

If you would like to contribute to the GoFundMe, visit www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-javontay-maurice-reed.

As of Tuesday afternoon, more than $7,000 of the $20,000 goal had been raised in five days.

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