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Shooting Victim Stinson Brown Remembered
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor)
Published July 22, 2009

Vilena Brown, sister (center) and mother Denise Hamilton (far right) attend candlelight vigil held Monday night in honor of Stinson Brown who was slain in Baldwin Hills July 17.

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Shooting Victim Stinson Brown Remembered

By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Staff Writer

Stinson Brown was one of the good guys. He was well loved by everybody that knew him. But for reasons unknown, his life came to a tragic end at the age of 21 when he was fatally shot outside of a Baldwin Hills House party.

“Everybody knew and loved my brother,” Vilena Brown said. “They always had something positive to say about him.”

Brown was planning to attend a junior college in Arizona to play football, and he eventually wanted to start his own clothing line, which was one of his many entrepreneurial ideas.

“He had so many ideas in his mind,” Brown said. “We were trying to figure out where to start. He felt like there wasn’t anything that he couldn’t do.”

One of Brown’s loves was singing in the choir at his church. This past Monday night his church choir had a special rehearsal and candlelight vigil in Brown’s honor. Choir members filled the small church and sang as loud as they could, right from their souls to honor Brown.

Even though there were tears flowing from many faces, family members and choir members celebrated Brown’s life. They told funny stories about Brown to lighten the mood.

“Stinson loved this choir,” said Jeffrey Coprich, choir director. “He wasn’t the best singer, but he’d get his groove on over in the tenor section.”

Coprich pointed out numerous times how great of a person Brown was.

“He wasn’t a gang member,” Coprich said. “He wasn’t a drug dealer. He was just Stinson. Enjoying life. I’m so glad that he was a part of this ministry. I can go on and on talking about Little Stinson.”

There is no question that Brown touched many lives in a very positive way.

Brown was turned away from a party in the 4200 block of Don Tapia Place, near Stocker St., just before midnight. Four people attacked him and one opened fired, according to police.

Brown was the son of Los Angeles Police Department Officer Stinson Brown, who mentors young Black males in a nonprofit organization called Brother-to-Brother L.A., which seeks to keep youth out of gangs.

Two suspects were taken into custody shortly after the shooting, and the investigation was continuing.

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