Family, Friends March for Answers in Teen's Death

The family of a Monroe teen killed in a shooting under investigation held a candlelight vigil to honor his memory.
18-year-old Quintarius Brown (Courtesy: The Brown Family)
18-year-old Quintarius Brown (Courtesy: The Brown Family)
18-year-old Quintarius Smith (Courtesy: Brown Family)
18-year-old Quintarius Smith (Courtesy: Brown Family)

MONROE -- In the darkness, a single lit candle can light the way.

For the family of 18-year-old Quintarius Brown, accidentally shot last Saturday and dying from his injuries Monday morning, no amount of light can fill the void in their hearts.

"My heart is broken right now and I'm just trying to deal with it," Quintarius' father, Aaron Brown, said.

That didn't stop dozens of people, friends and family alike, from lighting a candle and marching.

"I hope this vigil shows some kind of community unity and puts a stop to the gun violence and just for these youngsters just to have a better span of life," said Kewanda Cox, Quintarius' Aunt.

"I tried to teach my children that if you just be who you are and do what you were supposed to do, you don't need guns to walk around. What are you afraid of?" Brown said.

Together, marching down Mays Drive and throughout the neighborhood, they all marched for the young man affectionately known as "Q," the young man whose praises were sung all day.

"He was playful, funny, fun to be around and he liked to play a lot," friend Makayla smith said.

"I just wish that they stay strong, keep their heads up. He's in a better place," said friend Jamnisha Tillman.

"He was always smiling. Since he was a baby, he was always smiling, always humorous, the life of the party," Cox said.

"His smile, can't nobody miss his smile," echoed Quintarius' brother, Antonio Brown. "He smiled from ear to ear and his ears are so big with his head. You just can't miss him. Everybody knows Q."

Monroe Police continue to investigate.
They report the gun that shot Quintarius was removed from the crime scene before they arrived Saturday night.
Without it, police said they can't know everything that happened.

"The only people that were in that room know what happened, so I would just love for them to just go ahead and just come out with it," Antonio Brown said.

"Right now, we just want to know what happened. Really," said father Aaron Brown. "That would give us peace and we'd be able to let him rest in peace."

Quintarius leaves behind his friends and family and a child on the way.
His loved ones made sure, through this vigil and this march, that he would also leave behind a message of peace.

If you'd like to help Quintarius' family out with funeral expenses, find out how to do so here.

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