Woonsocket Police: Drowning Victim Identified As Lorenzo Ajavon

Seventeen-year-old's identity was confirmed using fingerprints, bus pass in backpack.


Woonsocket Police have identified the as Lorenzo Ajavon, 17, of 372 Robinson St.

Police Det. Sgt. Matt Ryan said investigators were able to identify Ajavon using fingerprints and a bus pass found in a knapsack among his belongings nearby his body at the corner of River Street and South Main Street.

Police contacted the person listed on the bus pass, who was a friend of Ajavon's, and said he had loaned him the pass. With Ajavon's name, police contacted his parents, who allowed them to collect Ajavon's fingerprints from their home, allowing them to confirm the victim was Ajavon.

The Woonsocket Call has posted a photo of the teenager with their story on the investigation.

"The investigation continues at this point," Ryan said. He said that though there are no marks on Ajavon's body, and no obvious signs of foul play, there are still outstanding toxicology tests, and more work to do in the investigation of the circumstances leading to Ajavon's death. "Nothing's ruled out at this point," Ryan said.

Mike L. July 14, 2012 at 03:03 PM
William D, he indeed sounded very depressed and troubled. Maybe the ex-boyfriend story is false, I don't know, it's been some time since I'd seen the boy. That was what was relayed to me and I figured if it had any ring of truth to it then it wouldn't hurt to have the claim investigated. Reading his twitter made it even more sad to me seeing that he was clearly struggling and had no support. In any case, this is a tragedy and a shame.
Loryne July 15, 2012 at 02:37 AM
@SDE how dare you attack his parents like that . You dont know a THING about his parents ! For you information he was a 17 year old young MAN and it's not unusual for kids that age to go out and spend days away from home ESPECIALLY during summer vacation . Don't you dare point an accusing finger at his parents and hint that they didnt give a damn about him when you dont know anything ! Don't you dare sully his memory by saying such awful comments.
Mary brown July 15, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Mary @SDE, don't be so quick to judge. He was a seventeen year old kid,who are the parents to keep a kid of that age lockup in the house or keep an eye on him like a watchdog? He was a good kid from what I been reading. You have no idea what his parents are going through, to pass such judgment. Hope you have kids, than maybe your thoughts would be of sympathy. May his soul rest.
Dave F July 15, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Loryne with all due respect i know where my 16 and 18 yr old kids are at all times even more so if they are sleeping at a friends house and they check in when they sleep out. Thats what parents need to do in todays world,, No im not blaming his parents for anything because i dont know the whole story
English first July 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Rob why do you let this victim's family bashing continue? Is this helpful or educational?
Russell Archambault July 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Rob, I agree with English. thanks for reporting, but can you please end this. Thanks.
Loryne July 15, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Dave I'm 17 years old almost 18 and Lorenzo was going to be 18 soon too when a child gets to this age >usually< parents give up a bit of hold . I stay out for days at a time without parental permission because I'm at an age where its normal to do that . Maybe you keep a tigher leash on your kids but you didnt klnow lorenzo or his family and none of you knew him or anything about him . Going out for days at a time was normal for kids like us who ran in the same social circle . No one has any right to make a judgment on his parents because none of you knew anything about him . Just saying .
Russell Archambault July 15, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Sorry rob I cant let this go ! Nothing was ever reported about that young mans parents not knowing about their son's whereabouts. its unfortunate that blogs started making those claims. You being 17 i guess in your"social" circle you can do what ever you want, including not getting a job or even thinking about it. That is your choice to do as you please. But have you ever heard of a little respect for your parents just letting them know or did they give up on you with an attitude like yours! Just be safe out there so your parents don't loose their son. A little advise take it or leave it, be a little closer to your parents while you still have them.
la_mouffette July 16, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Loryne, I'm definitely not one of the people blaming Lorenzo's parents. They're in my prayers, I can't imagine the pain they're in right now. And I don't advocate "keeping a tight leash" on a growing young adult who is responsible and a "good kid", especially during summer vacation! When I was in my late teens, I often spent days at a time at a friend's house...but, I always called home to say where I would be, and really, just to say hello. It wasn't a matter of my Mom not trusting me, or even permission-- it was a matter of the world being a dangerous place sometimes. She just wanted to know that I was safe. We have no idea what happened here, and I suspect that keeping in contact probably would *not* have saved Lorenzo's life...this tragedy may have been something that happened very suddenly =( But if they expected to hear from him and didn't, the people who loved him, and the police, would have known sooner that something was wrong. It's not much, but it's something. It's not a bad idea to call or text your parent(s) once a day or so, just so they know where you are and that you're ok. If you make it a habit, they will know much sooner that they should be looking for you if, God forbid, you ever get into a bad situation. Please consider it, Loryne.
la_mouffette July 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Russell, it was reported, actually. They had no idea he was in trouble, which is why there was no missing persons report to help identify him. His father had actually heard the news story about the body being found in the river, and of course, it never occurred to him that it could be his son! =( I agree, though....attacking his parents is really insensitive. This has to be horrible enough for them, they don't need strangers heaping up extra guilt on them in the comments section!
Dave F July 16, 2012 at 01:58 AM
i was not attacking his parents i was making a comment on what i do as a parent and what my kids need to do while they are living under my roof,,,,,the 18 yr old is still home so he must not think my rules are that bad
Loryne July 16, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Seriously you dont know how stupid you sound assuming i have no job and that i don't respect my parents ? You don't know the first thing about me or Lorenzo or his parents or anything . I DO respect my parents but I'm almost 18 years old and there is a time to cut the cord . Times no a days are different maybe from when you were a kid but like i said it's not the odd for kids my age to go out for days at a time . It's not a matter of if I respect my parents or not and it's not a matter of courtesy for my parents or not or for any teen like me . So DON'T act like you know this or that or try to lecture anyone . You don't know anything about the situation outside of the news and rumors so for god's sake just shut up and let him rest in peace !
Russell Archambault July 16, 2012 at 03:18 AM
LORYNE; Try reading your own post.I commented on that. I did add the job, thats an easy one to figure out. Gave you some good advice, if you choose not to take it, oh well. By the way you write, you my little friend sound stupid,not us. Of course you are not my kid, lucky me! so it doesnt matter what you do. There are millions of teens out there,and your correct, a good thing they are not all like you. You keep referring to where your from, sorry about that, its obvious from where. You can stop pitying yourself. There a lot of kids that haven't been born with a gold spoons. The point is I do know this and that. Maybe you can grow up now, and honer your friend by doing so . good luck with your future, also I am very sorry about your friend.
Loryne July 16, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Dude I dont pity myself . I love my life . And it doesnt matter where i'm from ? because im not from woonsocket , i just live here n o w . and you know what you're right be lucky I'm not your kid and that I dont know you . MY point ? If you don't know him or his situation then dont talk about him don't talk about his parents don't talk about anything aside from you're remorse and a nice rest in peace towards him . So talk all the shit you want but don't sully his memory by making comments about him or his parents or what he SHOULD have been doing . Just dont -.-
Loryne July 16, 2012 at 03:25 AM
and by the way I do have a job -.- what 17 year old kid doesn't . Idiot .
Russell Archambault July 16, 2012 at 05:44 AM
lorne, im not a dude. read the post ive not talked about his parents, your point! anytime dude! If you need to know me I'll be glad to introduce myself. read the post and try to comprehend, never talked about him. I think you want to take center stage or better yet center ring.Your doing the sully, now grow th f up. Do get a job and you probably wont run around so much and learn responsibility. Ill let you have the last word, im bored with you.
English first July 16, 2012 at 09:16 AM
So your child could never have a negative event because you are the good parent?
Get real people July 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I'm not attacking anyone. I had read that there were no missing persons reports matching his description. Just said it seemed strange that he was not reported missing. That is all.
Get real people July 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I am reading this really in shock. 17 year olds are gone for days at a time and parents do not know where they are and that is the norm? I have two teenage children and I know where they are and who they are with at all times. My 19 year old lives with me when she is not away at college and when she is living under my roof she texts me before she leaves somewhere so I know when to expect her home. Maybe I am overprotective but this is a very dangerous world we live in and I feel it is my job as a parent to make sure that she is safe at all times. Call me crazy.
Jason D July 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM
This is so tragic, 17 years old. My prayers go out to his family and loved ones. To those that are getting on the parents. Just stop now. Not every family is teh same. Some only have 1 parent or some have none maybe some have both and they have to work multiple jobs to make ends meat. Maybe they are raised by grandparents for some reason. A 17 year old is not a child, they can drive, they can hold a job they don't need to be babysat every minute of the day. Maybe Lorenzo told his parents he was sleeping at a friends or cousins. Maybe his relationship with them is strained and he wasn't around them much. Who knows. I am sure tehy are going through some difficult times and here some people are getting on them about thier parenting. Get off your high horse and maybe walk in thier shoes for a bit see things through someone else's eyes. The point is a 17 yr old is gone, way to young. from the sounds of it he was crying out. This a very sad and sobering thing on how life is fragile.
Loryne July 16, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Russel I wasnt specifuacally talking to you ! omgosh you're mad conceited I'm saying it to everyone and anyone who DID talk about his parents and stuff seriously you're trying to argue with a 17 year old girl and its getting annoying . get a life . leave me alone . and just stop -.- trying to make yourself seem so smart is making you look real dumb . just pay your respects and friggin leave . noone cares what youhave to say and for anyone talkin junk about his parents this goes to you too .
Loryne July 16, 2012 at 02:05 PM
And like i said b4 i have a job . what 17 year old doesnt. so seriously stop trying to get big . trying to come at a 17 year old girl -.- wow you're hard big whoop . Now I'm done and to anyone who wants to get on his parents or make rude comments about lorenzo or his situation when you didnt know him or his situation just dont .
Russell Archambault July 16, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Lorne; You have a very unique name, didnt know that you were female. I meant no disrespect. I have two girls that I wory about all the time. parents do that. good luck in your furure. stay safe.
Uncle Ben July 16, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Some people just need to put their fingers elsewhere than movin around on their Keyboard. It is so rude for anyone to talk about anyone deseased, there will be people though. We have to learn that there are people everywhere like this. It is up to us to ignore them, ignorance deserves ignorance.
Tina July 16, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Denise again I ask this had to take 2 days??? It is 2 phone calls...1 to the owner of the bus pass and 1 to the parents then it is a drive to get fingerprints and then back to the staion to run them compair them to the ones taken from the body and Viola you have an identification. How that all took 48 hours I do not understand.
Rob Borkowski (Editor) July 16, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Hi, everyone - thanks for your thoughts and comments. I think this young man's story is worth talking about, but please have compassion for his parents, who are suffering the loss of their son, when you set your thoughts into type. I'd also like to remind you that the members of this community can moderate comments by flagging them.
Russell Archambault July 17, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Thank you, Jenny lynn for your same inspirational message, on just about every story. If you need to talk to anyone, feel free to post. We are one big dysfunctional family here. looks like your going to fit in just fine. I welcome you to the patch family. luv russ
cindy smith July 18, 2012 at 02:22 PM
why in gods name does the WPD make a phone call when they have found a body.. the proper thing to do is go to the persons address, first the address from the bus pass ID and then to the parents of the child.. wtf!
sunshine July 18, 2012 at 05:57 PM
This story is very sad, and we should not place blame on anyone since we all have our problems and and do not know what they have been through. I am a single parent of two teenage girls, who have a father that is very involved in their life, even though we are not together. We keep very close tabs on our girls, and question, check and recheck what they are planning, it is not because we dont trust our kids, but realize how easily they may be led and want to be there available to support them,if something does go wrong, as it can be difficult for teens. We as parents need to closley monitor what our children are doing and give them all the support and love we have, I think it makes a difference and they need to know someone cares about them, and that their lives are meaningful and worth living. Perhaps we should all have more compassion for mankind. God Bless Lorenzo and everyone who is feeling the pain of the loss of such a young life, including my daughter who had nothing but nice things to say about Lorenzo. Maybe he had someone to turn to who would not judge him and just listen and be there for him, this may have had a happy ending
Fulvia Vincent December 10, 2012 at 06:47 PM
what are you trying to say? i am his BLOOD cousin and i know that his dad cared SOOOO much about him, the reason that no police report was filed is b/c it was typical for habbib to not come home for severaal daqys at a time. it was a frequent thing, and if he would come home safely before , no one would think that their son was dead. so to everyone tthat wants to blame the parents can be quiet until youve spent your life with them to know how they are. r.i.p Lorenzo Habbib Ajavon, i love you and miss you.


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