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Howard student killed on spring break

Jenna Johnson

A Howard University senior drowned Sunday afternoon while swimming in Cancun on spring break, The Hilltop reports.

Davon Green-Franklin, 22, had an "effervescent smile and positive outlook" and was actively involved with the Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc. On Sunday evening, dozens of students, alumni, faculty and staff gathered on campus to mourn his death.

While on spring break, Green-Franklin continued to send messages on Twitter, and on Saturday he wrote: "Life Lessons from the ocean water: the waves will pull you out further before they take you back to shore." It is unknown how Green-Franklin drowned.

During the Sunday night vigil on campus, students took turns sharing memories and stories of the outgoing senior, who was from Baltimore, according to The Hilltop. After each story, the crowd joined in saying "We remember you, Davon" or "We love you, Davon."

One student remembered that Green-Franklin was always teaching others new things. Another said the 22-year-old was selfless and reliable. Norman Gyamfi, a close friend, recalled how Green-Franklin would passionately preach sermons and would want them to continue living their lives to the fullest, the Hilltop reported.

"You could be living one moment, DM-ing, twittering, facebooking, whatever, and the next moment be gone," Gyamfi said.

By Jenna Johnson  |  March 18, 2010; 1:48 PM ET
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Those aged 18-24 are also adults. It's unfortunate that the young man drowned in Mexico while on spring break. It's weird that the young man sent a tweet which says something about the danger of the ocean.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | March 18, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

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