Family pleads for help in solving son's murder

Michael Brown Junior
Michael Brown Junior

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email | facebook
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – He was 20-years-old for less than an hour. Tonight family and friends of a man gunned down celebrating his birthday are asking people at a club in Richmond Saturday night to come forward.

They're looking for their son's murderer. Michael K. Brown's family is asking his killer to turn himself in. The club Brown was in Saturday night is even offering a reward, bringing the total to $6,000.

This is not a place Michael Brown Senior ever thought he'd be sitting. In front of cameras, his voice hoarse and tear-filled, his words unwavering.

"He has stolen from me. He was my best, my very best and for him to be gone like this, it doesn't make sense...and I want him off the streets," Michael Brown Senior said.

He wants a man, last seen wearing a Levi's shirt that looked similar to this, in police custody.

"For someone to come and just rip him away from us it was such a cheap way, it was such a bad way... I want the parents to know, we've got to do something," he said.

Michael Brown Junior was celebrating his birthday at Club Aurora. Police believe the shooting stemmed from a confrontation inside. The club kicked Michael, his friends and another group out. Police say an hour later, at Fourth and Main, a man approached Michael's group and fired a shot.

Michael, a Henrico High graduate was planning to attend Lynchburg College. He wanted to study sports management...maybe play ball. He died at VCU Medical Center.

Police describe the suspect at 5'10 to 6'1 with a slim build. 19 to 25 years old with very distinctive gaps between his teeth.

"There is someone who knows a man who went to Club Aurora's last Saturday night. They know a man who has those gaps in his teeth who fits that physical description," said Richmond Police Detective Rick Edwards.

His father still in shock, still drowning in his grief, has one clear message.

"This devil, this guy whoever he is, he needs to realize what he took, how he took it, and when he took it," said Brown Senior.

If you know the man who was at Club Aurora last Saturday, wearing that Levi's shirt with the gaps in his teeth call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Again, there is a $6,000 reward.

Copyright 2011 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.