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Shawnee teen’s cell phone continues to ring after death, bringing comfort to his family

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SHAWNEE, Kan. -- A metro mom is wishing she had one more moment with her son. 17-year-old Treyvon Mays was a senior at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, remembered as a star athlete and friend to many. It’s something that Treyvon’s mom says she is finding out as his cell phone continues to ring two days after his death.

“I would never think I would have to bury my own child. I said my kids would bury me first.”

An exhausted, shell-shocked, heartbroken mother sat on a couch comforted by her cousin. Sheilathia Mays said she hasn’t eaten or slept since she got the call at work Tuesday night. Her 17-year-old son Treyvon had an awful accident and wouldn’t be coming home.

“It was like my whole heart left out of my body,” Mays said.

Police said the teenager was swimming with friends in a lake near 56th and Widmer and drowned. A dive team pulled his body from the water.

“I feel like I'm in a nightmare. It still doesn't seem real to me.”

Cousin Precious Swygert went to the lake and saw his lifeless body be taken away.

“I don't remember anything else after that. It was horrible,” Swygert said.

Sheilathia figured out her son’s cell phone password and turned it on. It hasn’t stopped ringing since.

“All the kids, still reaching out to him on Facebook, texting, just like me, wishing he would answer his phone and saying it's not real,” Mays said.

Throughout our interview, Treyvon’s cell phone was ringing, as his mom clenched it tight in her hands. Endless texts begging for the 17-year-old to come back.

One text read, “You were an inspiration to me and other people. You will never be forgotten.”

“That kept me going, I knew he was a good kid and everybody loved him,” Mays said.

The family found funny videos of Treyvon on his cell that they’d never seen before.

“I've never seen him dance,” she said.

Even though he’s not here, the teen is still bringing his family joy. They said it’s the sound of his cell phone that continues to ring, bringing messages of hope that keeps them going.

“It seems like I feel his presence all the time,” Mays said.

Treyvon’s funeral will be at Lenexa Baptist Church on Friday, Aug. 26. The visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. His funeral will begin at 2 p.m.

Donations to Treyvon’s memorial fund can be sent to:

Country Club Bank
21911 W 66th St
Shawnee, KS 66226