A 19-year-old football star in Florida was shot dead last week while trying to sell his PlayStation to a man he met on Craigslist.
Brian Brown had recently graduated from North Miami beach Senior High School where he was a stand-out on the football team.
His talent won him a full scholarship to Merced College in California, and he was set to fly out there for summer training camp on July 1 before he tragically died.
He was getting rid of few of his possession before the big move last week, when he arranged to meet up with a man he met on Craigslist who wanted to buy his PlayStation and a few video games.
The two met up around 3:40pm, near NE 177th Street and NE 9th Ave.
But when Brown arrived at the meet-up, the buyer tried to rob him and the two got into a confrontation which ended with Brown being shot three times in the back.
Brown’s girlfriend was with him and rushed him to Jackson North Medical Center. But because Jackson North isn’t a trauma center, he had to be transferred to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, where he later died. His family told Local 10 that they believe precious time was wasted in transferring Brown to the second hospital.
Meanwhile, police are still searching for the suspect responsible for Brown’s murder.
Brown’s parents and large extended family were left heartbroken by the incident.
‘Happy, always smiling, a friend to everyone. Everyone who knew him – I can say at least 200 to 300 people have come here to hug me and told me what a great kid he was. and how much love he just had for everyone,’ his father Craig Brown told Local 10. ‘(He) wouldn’t hurt a fly, wouldn’t hurt anyone. (He) loved animals. He had this dog, you’d think this dog was one of his kids, man.’
Mr Brown said his son was excited to start college and had been busy buying furniture for his dorm room.
‘He was getting ready for it, staying in shape, and everyone, his team mates, friends, everyone was talking about it. He was ready to go,’ Mr Brown said.
Brown’s high school football coach Jeff Bertani said that he was a ‘phenomenal’ player.
Bob Casey, who was set to coach Brown at Merced, said Brown ‘had a bright future as a student-athlete and we were very excited for him to be apart of our program’.
Anyone with information on the shooting is being asked to call the Miami-Dade Police Department Homicide Det. P. Camacho at 305-471-2400. Anonymous tipsters can contact the Miami-Dade County Crimestoppers hotline at 305-471-8477 or 1-866-471-8477, visit crimestoppersmiami.com and select ‘Give a Tip,’ or send a text message to 274637 (enter CSMD followed by the tip information before sending).
A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.