13-Year-Old Boy Found Dead After Going Missing in N.Y.C.'s East River

The body of the teen — identified by family members as Kavion Brown — was discovered on Friday

<p>Jade E/GoFundMe</p> Kavion Brown

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Kavion Brown

The body of a 13-year-old boy who went missing in New York City's East River last week has been found, PEOPLE can confirm.

The family’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, tells PEOPLE that the body of the teen — identified by family members as Kavion Brown — was located on Friday, and his loved ones are now planning funeral arrangements.

Kavion vanished after getting into the water off East River Park in Manhattan's East Village just after 4 p.m. local time on Oct, 20, police previously told PEOPLE. His family and authorities have said they believe he was dared to go in.

An NYPD spokesperson previously told The New York Post that Kavion said, "Look what I can do," to his friends when he went into the river. He was then swept away by a current, police told the newspaper.

Authorities had scoured the waters since his disappearance. 

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Kavion, who loved basketball, dance and art, asked to go to the soccer game at the park the day he went missing, according to ABC affiliate WABC-TV.

His mom agreed because she was told he was going with his basketball team and their coach, per the outlet.

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Kavion — the eldest of four brothers — just started high school and loved his family, Alena Godfrey, Kavion's great-aunt, previously told The New York Daily News.

"He's a quiet child," she told the newspaper, sharing that the family did "everything" together.

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GoFundMe established for Kavion said the teen was "full of spirit" and had "touched so many."

"Kavion's smile lit up a room and he offered it to us so freely," read a message on the fundraising page. "Kavion loved being active and took his responsibilities very seriously, among them being a loving big brother."

"Thank you for loving Kavion and the Godfrey Family. Let's cover them in love and support and continue to spread Kavion's light forever," the message continued.

As of Saturday morning, over $9,000 has been raised.

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