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Community grieves for 11-year-old boy swept out into water

Na'im Boykin was swept out into the water at Little Talbot Island. Na'im Boykin was swept out into the water at Little Talbot Island.
Crews searched for hours with no sign of Boykin. Crews searched for hours with no sign of Boykin.
Boykin graduated from Harper Elementary School the day before his trip to Little Talbot Island. Boykin graduated from Harper Elementary School the day before his trip to Little Talbot Island.
Julia Bailey (left), Mamie Linton (right) Julia Bailey (left), Mamie Linton (right)
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -  Folks in Thomasville are coming together to remember an 11-year-old boy they say was full of life. 

Na'im Boykin disappeared nearly two weeks ago when strong currents swept him into the ocean near Jacksonville, Florida. 

Harper Elementary school teachers Julia Bailey and Mamie Linton remember the fifth grader as talented, intelligent, and special. 

“I can just see him every day coming in, wanting a big hug,” said Linton. 

They said he was a young boy with a big heart and so much potential. 

“His smile would take your heart away,” said Bailey. 

On May 22nd, Boykin graduated from fifth grade at Harper Elementary School, bursting with pride and energy after winning the Eagle Award. 

“It's somebody who shows exemplary characteristics for the semester.  He was such a good kid and he deserved the award,” said Bailey. 

The next day, teachers got word that while Boykin was on a trip with his dad in Little Talbot Island, he disappeared into the surf.  

The current was too strong for anyone to help. 

“It's hard.  It's hard,” said Linton. 

Video from WTLV shows crews searching for hours without a sign of him. 

And with search efforts now called off, both Bailey and Linton want to show their support and love for Boykin's mother and family by hosting a candlelight vigil.

“At least she will know and maybe she can just realize that she's not in this by herself,” said Linton. 

The school will dedicate a section of this year's yearbook to Boykin. 

The Thomasville City Schools Superintendant said grief counseling will be available for students.

The candlelight vigil will be held Sunday June 7 at 7:30 p.m. on the Harper Elementary School campus. 

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