Victim's family pleads for justice following Mishawaka bar shooting

Published: Sep. 21, 2018 at 3:35 PM EDT
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Twenty-eight-year-old Avery Christopher Brown was shot and killed inside of Bleachers The Bar in Mishawaka.

After hearing the news, family was devastated. Now, they're wanting to share the story of what kind of person Avery Brown was.

"Avery was fun!" Avery's cousin Dawn Brown said. "He was always fun and smiling. I have tons of pictures. Every picture I have of Avery, he has a smile on his face."

"He's always been like my spark," Avery's cousin Tamiko Brown said. "He's always sparked me. He's always uplifting my feelings whenever I'm down...With his personality, I never felt like Avery would be hurt- something like this would ever happen to him, so it's just a shock. It's just a shock to the family."

"He was such a good person," Dawn Brown said. "With a good heart and a good mind and a good soul and a great personality. And now, the young men that look up to him, they got to wonder and worry about if that's going to happen to them."

There have been no arrests so far in the killing of Avery Brown, but Metro Homicide says they have talked to about a dozen people from the scene.

"It's paramount to what we do," Commander Tim Corbett said. "I've been begging for that forever, for people to come forward. We've had great cooperation at this particular scene."

Mishawaka Police will continue with routine patrols throughout the weekend with officers swinging by all of the local bars.

They say they are not anticipating any retaliation from Friday morning's shooting.

Avery Brown's family just wants answers.

"Why?" Tamiko Brown asked. "Why would you take someone's life? You know, we can't get that back. We've got to dwell on memories. So, I just want to know why."

"And I just pray that whoever done that, that they turn themself in," said Avery's Mother, Linda Brown. "Because Avery didn't deserve that. Avery loved everybody and he was nice to everybody."

"I just pray that something happens," Tamiko said. "Because at the end of the day, that's all we can do is pray. Pray, pray, pray...I'm going to miss him. I really am. I'm going to miss him because he was really like a brother to me. And I'm really going to miss him."

Bleachers Bar will be closed throughout the weekend.

If you know anything about the person who killed Avery Brown, you're asked to contact the Mishawaka Police.