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.

Rob Borkowski 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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