Vigil for held for murder victim Brittany Brown - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Vigil for held for murder victim Brittany Brown

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) - Police are still searching for the cowardly killer who tied up a young woman and set her body on fire. A vigil was held Sunday for the family of Brittany Brown and her mother was there.

Click on the video player to watch Robin Schwartz's report.

"It would take an insane person to do that much to a 125 pound girl," said the mother of Brittany Brown. She and dozens of other people gathered to cry out for justice for the 26-year-old found dead Saturday, March 22. Her body was discovered in an alley near Puritan and Wyoming. Police say her hands and feet were bound and her body was set on fire.

"We are watching this case and we are looking for resolution as expeditiously as possible," shouted activist Malik Shabazz.

The vigil was held to express outrage, show support for the family, pray and raise money to help pay for Brown's funeral and increase the reward for information leading to an arrest. Brown's family tells Fox 2 she suffered from mental illness. She left home February 14 but never returned. Those closest to her say she would sometimes turn to prostitution when she needed money.
Furious residents say it's time to stop the violence in the city, especially against women.

"This is it! This is it! No more!," one participant at the vigil shouted into our camera. "It's time for us to rise as a people, it's time for us to rise as a community, and it's time for us to rise as Detroit."

The activists and concerned citizens are working with Crime Stoppers to hand out fliers and get the sick person who did this to Brittany off the street. The young victim leaves behind two children. If you know anything about this crime, do the right thing and call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP.

"You turn yourself in," a participant shouted. "Because you're not gonna be able to rest. You all are not gonna be able to rest until you do just that!"

The group raised $700 to help the family. Donations can also be made at the Heard and Taylor Family Funeral Home on West Grand Boulevard. Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.


  • Robin SchwartzRobin SchwartzMore>>

  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • 33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:10:22 GMT
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
  • Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:18:32 GMT
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:25:26 GMT
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:51:50 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:37:16 GMT
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices