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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The parents of a young Milwaukee man found dead in his car last week are remembering him.

Seveon James and his girlfriend Zahnya Hunter are believed to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning. They were both 20.

James’s parents, Salanda King-James and Anthony James, say their son was a passionate and selfless person looking forward to graduating from UW-Whitewater with a business major.

“He was a great young man, and I know a lot of people say that about their kids, but he was obedient and so helpful,” Salanda said.

Anthony says Seveon was a strong leader who made an impact on the people around him, including during a successful basketball career at Wauwatosa West High School.

“Seveon would not be greedy,” Anthony said. “If he had a chance to make an assist, he’d make that assist.”

Police say James and Hunter were found unresponsive near 22nd and Keefe in his running car Friday.

A window was broken out. The oil cap was missing, and oil had pooled on the ground.

Investigators say the tailpipe looked to have been recently repaired, and there also may have been exhaust leaking at the front of the car.

Salanda says she spoke to Zahnya’s mother Monday.

“We just held each other today,” she said. “We held each other. We talked.”

His parents say Seveon was an amazing uncle for the children of his older brother, who died last year.

They say prayer has helped keep them strong.

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