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Mother of Okla. teen killed in Fla. sand collapse accident speaks of her son's death

Posted at 9:48 PM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 07:07:54-04

The mother of the Broken Arrow teen killed in a tragic sand collapse accident in Panama City, Florida has a heartfelt message for the public about her son. 

Travor Brown's mother, Tarah Wyatt, said her son left a lasting impression on everyone he met. It was his smile that was so contagious, people couldn't forget it.

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Tuesday night, friends, family and community members gather at the Lone Star grill in Broken Arrow to support the family through a fundraiser dinner. All who attended donated proceeds to Travor's funeral costs.

Although Travor's death is tragic, his mother said his life was one worth celebrating.

After his death, she found a prayer journal in his room.

"On one of his prayers it said, 'I want to leave a legacy when I die and touch thousands of people,'" Tarah said.

And he did, his mother said he had a free and kind spirit, and his love for music touched many.

In fact, he loved music so much, he would walk the halls of his school playing the ukulele. Once other's started picking up the habit and playing as well, he stopped, because he had accomplished his goal of bringing music to the hallways.

Travor's mother said he was wise beyond his years, changing people's hearts and perspective on life. His family said they know this will live on forever.

"He wanted to encourage all of his friends to choose God and lead a positive free lifestyle," Tarah said.

She adds she visited the beach where her son lost his life. She said she felt his spirit there,  and knew, he had been called home. 

"Out by the ridge where he was playing earlier in the week, there were like five or six wild dolphins just dancing and he loved to dance," Tarah said. "I know he was out there just dancing with them."

Tarah said the beach in Panama City is where her son's heart belonged. He loved the ocean.

Travor's body underwent an autopsy in Florida, which delayed his return back home to Oklahoma.

His family says finally, after working with amazing hospital staff in Florida, his body will return home Wednesday.

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