YONKERS, N.Y. (PIX11) -- Friends of Boyce Coleman, known as "Scoop", came to the exact spot where the 43-year-old Yonkers man drowned after jumping into the Hudson River with a group of four or five other men to save a young boy.
"He went the same way he lived every day," Ronald Colbert, a childhood buddy, told PIX11. "Doing for others."
The six-year-old boy who is nonverbal and said to have autism had climbed a chain-link fence before falling into the "no swimming" area off the JFK Marina.
Friends say All the rescuers knew the boy because they were all part of the same Sunday night cookout, a reunion of friends who'd grown up together at the School Street hHouses, a Yonkers apartment complex.
And although Coleman helped save the little boy, police say he couldn't save himself.
"He was very brave, what he did," Ondre Hendricks, Coleman's nephew said, "but I can't talk about it."
Fighting back tears, Coleman's nephew talked about his larger than life uncle, a kind soul, who clearly was loved by so many in his new neighborhood on McLean Avenue.
"He would even put quarters on my meter so My car wouldn't get a ticket," Errol Paisley, victim's neighbor, said.