Jerry Brown, born February 16, 1993 to Denise Green and Jerry Brown, arrived home on day 4 with a poked out lip and a “leave me be” attitude, which landed him the nickname “Mr. Tude!” He quickly outgrew the meaning of that name with a smile that brightened the room and a "help in anyway he can" attitude. Living at home with his mom and grandmother, he attended “Greater Beulah Missionary Baptist Church” faithfully. If the doors of the church were open, he was present and accounted for. His love for Christ grew along with his passion for worship through song. While at William M. Raines High school, he began to excel as a young man and perfect his vocal ability. This gave him the confidence to be the praise and worship leader at Beulah, a member of Voices of Praise, a member of The Abundant Choral, United Worship, and the musical director at King Solomon. As you can see, he loved to sing, but his time at Raines was not all spent singing down the halls. He was also a scholar, a member of the elite Rainesmen, and served on the student council.

If you met Jerry you would think he had an amazing life. He always wore a smile, extended a helping hand and had an encouraging word to share. His life at home was a very loving one, but it was also financially strained. With his grandmother retired, and mother working part-time, his dreams of singing at Bethune Cookman University were put on hold. Jerry began to work 2-3 jobs to make ends meet, while still extending himself to anyone in need and mentoring young Rainesmen. Not a holiday went by without him facilitating a toy drive benefiting Nemours hospital. Seeing the smiles on the children's faces brought him so much joy. He wanted to make sure other young men knew how important it is to give back and serve those in need.

If you met Jerry you would think he had an amazing life. He always wore a smile, extended a helping hand and had an encouraging word to share. His life at home was a very loving one, but it was also financially strained. With his grandmother retired, and mother working part-time, his dreams of singing at Bethune Cookman University were put on hold. Jerry began to work 2-3 jobs to make ends meet, while still extending himself to anyone in need and mentoring young Rainesmen. Not a holiday went by without him facilitating a toy drive benefiting Nemours hospital. Seeing the smiles on the children's faces brought him so much joy. He wanted to make sure other young men knew how important it is to give back and serve those in need.

On February 17, 2015, his number one lady, grandma Thomasina Green was admitted into St. Vincent’s and diagnosed with lung cancer that had metastasized over her entire body. She went on to be with Christ March 17,2015. While still grieving, we had to prepare for battle yet again, when less than a month later, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Most would have given up, but not Jerry; he continued to work hard and pray even harder. When realizing the standard 9-5 wouldn’t work with his mom’s schedule, he became full time at his cousin’s cafe, Three Layers Cafe. This allowed him to work around his mom’s doctor appointments and his worship schedule. His time at the Cafe was filled with impact; effortlessly bringing joy, laughter, and kindness to each person he encountered with a compliment, a smile or a big jolly bear hug!

January 28, 2016 is a date that will forever freeze time. At 12:01a his life was stolen from us by a stranger with a gun. He had just returned from painting a choir member's home, following their weekly choir rehearsal. As Jerry sat in his car, on the phone with his best friend, he was viciously and senselessly gunned down. He was only 22 years young, yet he was forced to meet his Savior and lay in the arms of his beloved grandmother. We do not know all of the details from that night. What we do know is our lives are forever changed. As we struggle to cope with this senseless attack, and continue to care for his mother that has loss her mother and her only child...we ask for both your prayers and your help to bring his killer to justice.

The violence that has been plaguing our communities MUST end. It is time for a change. Let us be that change. #MyJerry needs your help...

We have partnered with Crimestoppers to raise reward money to find his killer, but we need your help by donating above. Also, if you know anything about that night, please call the tip line at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477). This phone is a stand alone instrument which does not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded.

Thank you for your prayers and support, it means the world to our family.