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Family, friends honor life of 10-year-old boy next to swingset where he died

Mother of Nahshon Green: 'All you can do is hurt'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A vigil was held Monday night to honor the life of a 10-year-old boy who died after getting caught in the chains of a swing at a Northwest Jacksonville park.

Loved ones gathered to remember Nahshon Green next to the swingset at Charles Clark Park on Sibbald Road, where the tragic accident occurred Friday night. 

Family members and friends turned the playground into a place to come together and memorialize Nahshon. Loved ones leaned on each other and their faith for support, saying they're focusing on his life, not his death.

For Nahshon's mother, La'Tonya Green, the pain is indescribable.

"There are no words. All you can do is just hurt," she said. "There are no words. There really aren't."

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the boy was standing on a swing when the chains got wrapped around his neck. 

His mother, who had brought Nahshon and her three other children to play at the park, saw her son tangled in the chains, removed her son and called 911. Paramedics transported him to UF Health hospital, where he died, police said. 

Green said she was touched by the more than 40 people who came to honor her son.

"It brings me a lot of joy," she said. "It gives me a little strength."

Green and her family said now, it's all about holding on to their memories. 

"He wanted to do everything by himself, my baby," Green said. "He was a good baby. He was a good boy. I'm going to miss my baby. I'm really going to miss my baby."

Loved ones brought balloons, poster-sized photos and stuffed animals, explaining how Nahshon will be remembered.

"That was my baby. That's how everybody knew Nahshon, because he always was into something -- busy, busy, busy," Green said. "He was very creative."

As those at the vigil placed candles spelling out the 10-year-old's name, the reality of the family's loss set in.

"Losing someone so close, especially with him being so young, it really touched me because, seeing younger kids die, it really hurts my heart," family friend Jada Seget said. 

Though Green said the loss is just starting to set in, she offered some advice to other parents.

"Just, like, love your kids. Hug your kids. Tell them your love them every day because things happen and you're not promised tomorrow," the mother said, shaking her head.

Nahshon's family has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for funeral expenses.