On August 18, Michael Brown (pictured) was supposed to start classes at St. Louis’ Vatterott College but instead, the slained youth will be memorialized by those who loved him and shared in his joy for a bright and promising future, according to CNN.
Brown, aka “gentle giant,” as he was so lovingly referred to by his loved ones, was senselessly gunned down by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer on August 9 while he and a friend were on their way to his grandmother’s house. The young man was approached by Officer Darren Wilson for walking on the side of a road.
When the officer told him to get on the sidewalk, an altercation allegedly occurred and Wilson reportedly shot a bullet from his cruiser. The boys ran fearing for their lives. According to witness accounts, Brown held up his hands in compliance but the officer allegedly brutally gunned him down anyway.
Brown, who had never been in trouble with the law, was unarmed.
Everyone who knew Brown loved him. According to his dad Michael Brown, Sr., the boy did not like violence and steered clear of it. “He was funny, silly. He would make you laugh. Any problems that were going on or any situation, there wasn’t nothing he couldn’t solve. He’d bring people back together,” the dad recounted to a CNN reporter.
Brown, who had just graduated high school, was a fave among his former teachers because he stayed out of trouble and worked hard to graduate. The 18-year-old was determined to make something of himself and according to friend Hershel Johnson, “We were at graduation, me and him, and we were talking. He said he wasn’t going to end up like some people on the streets. He was going to get an education. He was going to make his life a whole a lot better,” he told the news outlet.
Lesley McSpadden told CNN that her son was so excited about starting technical college, “He looked forward to it so much. You didn’t have to tell him, ‘Make sure you get to school.’ He was ready.”
On the young man’s career radar was a future job as a heating and cooling engineer, working at repairing air conditioning units. Instead of pursuing pipe dreams like becoming a basketball or football player like a lot of his classmates, Brown focused on one day possibly owning his own business. According to friend Gerard Fuller, “He’d say, ‘Let’s make something out of nothing,'”he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Unlike so many of the people he knew, Brown valued getting an education and according to Johnson, “He said he wasn’t going to end up like some people on the streets. He was going to get an education,” he told the Post-Dispatch. “He was going to make his life a whole lot better.”
And now Brown, a “good kid,” who had mapped out a solid plan for his life, always managed to do the right thing and who made his parents proud is lying in a coffin and according to his heartbroken father, “He didn’t deserve none of this.”