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(New Updates)Alajawan S. Brown- 12 Years Old

June 16, 2010

Update 9: June 17, 2010: My report on the press conference, with video and a copy of the charging documents in this case can be found here.

Update 8: June 16, 2010- SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

Greater Seattle fam, there is a suspect IN CUSTODY in the murder of Alajawan Brown, 12 years old, shot to death in Skyway. More details tomorrow.

Update 7: May 5, 2010 Vigil/Memorial video

Update 6: May 5th, 2010 More details are emerging about the devastation the family is experiencing since the murder.  Alajawan’s brother was quoted as saying: “My mom is a wreck and it physically made my dad sick to the point that he was throwing up. It was, it was crazy.”

Update 5: May 5th, 2010 For the sake of clarification: Those wishing to help the family can make a donation at any U.S. Bank branch in the name of Alajawan Brown.

Update 4: May 4, 2010 Editor’s note: We are working to keep the most -up-to-date and accurate information on Alajawan’s case updated here as it becomes available.  I personally hope you will give money to his memorial fund- obviously the family is in need of help dealing with the funeral costs. Scroll down just a bit for bank info.

Update 3: May 4, 2010 Prayer Vigil on Wednesday. The vigil is 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the 7-Eleven store on Martin Luther King Jr. Way where Alajawan died last Thursday at about 6 p.m.

A memorial fund has been set up for Alajawan Brown’s family at the US Bank in Skyway.

Update 2: May 3, 2010 The Sheriff’s office is asking the public for information to help find Alajawan’s killer. Anyone with information on the death of Alajawan Brown, the related shooting at the Cedar Village Apartments, or the events that led up to the shootings is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311 (24 hours) or 911.

Update 1: May 3, 2010 No information on a memorial has been released yet.

Original Post May 3, 2010

His name is Alajawan S. Brown.  He was just 12 years old when he was murdered last week.

Walking home from picking up a new pair of football cleats at a nearby store, it seems this child was hit by a stray bullet while passing the Cedar Village Apartments in Skyway.  He ran to a nearby 7-11 where he collapsed.  Paramedics were unsuccessful in their efforts and he died at the scene.

12 years old.

Minding his own business.  Probably thrilled about his new cleats.  He will never get to wear them.

What were his last thoughts as he lay there, dying?  Did he think of his family?  Had he understood what happened to him?

From KOMO News:

King County Sheriff spokesman John Urquhart said the boy was shot during an altercation at the nearby Cedar Village Apartments and ran to the store where he collapsed.

Another man who was wounded in the shooting was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

Investigators are still trying to determine exactly why Brown was in the area, but Urquhart said it does not appear he was involved in the altercation. Family members said the boy had just bought a new pair of cleats at a store, and was headed home when he got caught in the crossfire.

“His father allowed him to go and get some things for football, and we don’t know what happened in between that,” said Willie Ford, the victim’s aunt.

Brown lives in Skyway, but not at the apartment complex.

“Alajawan – that’s my baby. I changed his diapers, everything,” said sister Louketra Brown. “And I knew there was a boy that got shot, but I had no idea that was my brother.”

No arrests have been made, and Urquhart said the investigation has been hampered by witnesses who are reluctant to speak with detectives. No suspect information was available.
“And I just want to say, whoever did it, I hope you feel so crappy inside, because you took my brother’s life. Twelve years old,” said Louketra Brown.

There is no suspect.

Typical.

I’ve lost count of the number of unsolved shootings around here.  More than half of the time there are witnesses, but no one is willing to talk to the police or testify in court.

Not only do we have families ripped apart by youth, gun and gang violence, but we’ve got a bunch of murderers running around scott free in the community.  How many times do we stop and think about that?  How many times do we ask ourselves how many murderers our kids know?  Do they go to the same school? Live on the same block? Ride the same bus?

Maybe.  That’s a chance we all take when we’re ruled by the “no snitching” culture.

The death of this child leaves me at a loss for words.  I want to believe there will be justice, that his killer will be caught.

When is someone going to stand up and do the right thing?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. imelda permalink
    May 5, 2010 2:38 pm

    The truth is when this shooting occurred some of us living in Alajawan’s old Neighborhood of Earlington Hills said “Here We Go Again” another shooting in Skyway. Let “Them” have at it. We just shake our heads, close our doors and ignore the violence because I am not “Them”. How absolutely wrong I am. Because when I found out it was Alajawan, my knees buckled and my heart broke. I knew him and loved him very much. He was an incredible child. You had to know him, that’s how to describe him. There was something very special about him. When he moved away I made him promise to stay in touch because I wanted to watch him grow up. I knew he was meant for great things.
    I never imagined that what he was called to do by God will be accomplished by his death. I promise you Alajawan’s death will not go in vain. I promise you something great will occur in his name. WE FORGET THE INNOCENT ONES WHEN WE SAY “THEM.” Shame on me for thinking this stupid, stupid violence will never touch me. VIOLENCE IS COLORBLIND AND KNOWS NO BOUNDRIES

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