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Mother grieves over son’s untimely death

Anfernee Lewis Anfernee Lewis

Its uncertain what caused one of Fayette Ware high school's all star basketball players to die. But many, including his mother, are mourning his untimely death.

"We were bonded together, just me and him," says Anfernee Lewis' mother, Michelle Chearis. 

Lewis loved to play basketball.

His mother loved to watch him play even more.

"I got so excited - especially if he came to the free throw line and hit a three - I'd go woooo, that's my baby, my baby y'all," said Chearis.

On Sunday, the 17-year-old star athlete will be back on the court one last time, for his funeral.

"He's still here, he will be here, he will be here with us," Chearis said.

Earlier this week, Lewis was attending a basketball camp in Jackson, Tennessee. 

After running the court several times, he stepped up to the free throw line and collapsed. 

Chearis said, "He said man, its too early to play basketball and about 5 seconds later, he collapsed, he fell."

Chearis finds some peace in the fact that her son lived like he died. Very quietly.

"We never knew he was in the room unless we said something to him - he was an adorable child," Chearis said.

Since the fifth grade, Lewis dedicated himself to basketball.   

Because of his dedication, he was a role model both on and off the court.

"The kids looked up to him - he had a great work ethic when it came to basketball and even in the classroom and I'm gonna miss him and I'm sure all the kids are gonna miss him too," said Lewis' teacher Curtis Baldwin.

A star son and student who many said died far too soon. 

Visitation for Lewis will be held Saturday night from 5 until 7 at Lofties Funeral Home in Somerville.

Funeral services for 17 year old Anfernee Lewis will be held on Sunday, June 8th, at 3 o'clock at the Fayette Ware High School gym in Somerville. 

Autopsy results for Anfernee Lewis are expected in about five to six weeks.


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