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Teen presumed drowned during church trip

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NEW ALBANY, MS (WMC-TV) - A teenage boy volunteering for his church in New Albany, Mississippi is presumed to have drowned over the weekend in Costa Rica.

Marshuan Braxton was swept out into the Pacific Ocean Sunday afternoon.  About thirty hours later, his body was still missing.

In just 17 years Marshuan Braxton touched a lot of lives.

"He had a magnetic personality," said Martha Frances Monroe who knew Braxton from First United Methodist Church in New Albany.  "Everyone loved Marshuan."

"(He had a) spirit of helping people," his uncle Victor Braxton added.

It was that same spirit that brought him to Costa Rica.  While there, he was going to be part of a team that helped build a new gymnasium and new sanctuary for a church, but he never got that opportunity.

A day after his team landed, they stopped to see the ocean on the way to the village where they'd be working.  Braxton and three others stood out on some rocks.

"A large wave came in and knocked them down," Interim Pastor Jerry Beam said.  "Swept them out. Carried them under water. They were not able to save Marshuan."

The New Albany High School Senior was what you would call a go-getter.

"Energized man loved life," Monroe said.  "Never passed up an opportunity to be involved."

Monroe does mean never.  Braxton played football and basketball for New Albany High School.  At First United Methodist, he sang in the choir and helped lead Vacation Bible School.

Pastor Jerry Bean says a lot of people are asking why.

"Why did it happen to this person, this group? And there is no particular answer to that," Bean said.  "How we deal with that is what we spent most of our time talking about. How we cope with it."

Braxton's uncle says he is trusting the same God Braxton loved so much.

"We can all put our faith in God because he allowed it," Braxton said.

Braxton's family is still holding out hope until his body is found.  The Red Cross is helping Costa Rican authorities with the search.

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