‘Trying to make sense of it all:’ Mother searches for answers after son was found dead in Davenport
DAVENPORT, Florida. – A mother is seeking answers a week after saying her son was carjacked and shot while on vacation.
Lorrie Brown spoke to News 6 from California where she is a city councilor in Ventura.
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She flew to Florida to meet detectives at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office after her son, Jeremiah Brown, 22, was found dead in Davenport.
“I’m still trying to make sense of it all,” Lorrie Brown said. “Jeremiah was a baby. It was my love bug. He was the youngest.
Lorrie Brown said that Jeremiah Brown was born and raised in California. He moved to Georgia to start his life where he met his girlfriend.
Lorrie Brown added that the couple saved up to travel to the Orlando area and stay at an Airbnb with their kids and a few friends.
“They arrived on Tuesday and basically spent a day at their luxury vacation rental in Davenport,” Brown said. “They were eating pizza, swimming in the pool, and less than 48 hours later early Thursday morning, he was gone.”
Lorrie Brown said her son was on his way to the store when he was the victim of a carjacking. Osceola County deputies are keeping a tight lid on their investigation, but have released part of their incident report, which shows they are investigating a shooting.
Lorrie Brown said she was concerned her son had been targeted as a visitor staying at a vacation rental.
“It looks like tourist communities where people are staying in vacation rentals like Airbnb seem to be targeted,” she said. “It’s easy to shoot someone and leave because they don’t know who they are. You don’t care who they are, and in your world, (it) doesn’t matter.
She said her son, who she described as a hardworking family man, leaves behind two children and loved ones, who wonder why this happened.
“Why didn’t they just take the car and not his life?” Or why were they in Florida in the first place? Or why did he have to go to the store? asked Lorrie Brown. “Gun violence across the country has shown us that there is no good reason for this, and there are a lot of young people getting killed. My son was 22 years old.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information related to this case to contact them at (407) 348-2222.
Jeremiah Brown’s family plans to hold a funeral for him in California, where he was born and raised. Her mother told News 6 that they are currently working to raise those funds. If you want to help you can donate to them GoFundMe.
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