Family and friends still coping after news of Jerry Brown's death

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by Sharon Reed / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 11 at 5:40 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo (KMOV.com) -- Funeral arrangements are underway for the former Vashon High School football player killed Saturday morning in a car crash in Dallas, Texas.

Jerry Brown Junior was a Dallas Cowboy.  He was killed when a car driven by teammate Josh Brent crashed.

In the wake of his death, his family and close friends are still reeling. His uncle, Ernest, said Jerry was living his dream in the NFL.

“He wanted to be a professional football player,” he said. “He done it, he stuck with it and I admire him for it.  And he would tell you right now he would tell you what he wanted to do. “

Theresa Clark, Brown’s Grandmother, found peace in the fact that Jerry was able to accomplish his dream before he passed.

“He accomplished,” she said. “He went on through all of the trial and tribulations and he lived to see that he made it. “

Even those outside of Brown’s family were hit hard by the news. His high school coach Reginald Ferguson said he knew there was something special about Brown from the first time he met him.

“I remember one time I was joking with him. I called him Jerry Brown,” said Ferguson. “He said ‘coach why do you never call me just Jerry?’  I said well, cause you’re a big boy with a big name. “

Ferguson said he once promised Brown he would retire his uniform in his honor. Thecoach still plans to keep that promise.

Jerry’s father said despite the tragedy, he knows what Brown would want for Joshua Brent- the man driving the vehicle that crashed and killed him

“I know he don’t want his friend to get locked up,” Jerry Brown Sr. said. “He was the best friend he had.”

An autopsy shows Brown died of blunt force injuries of the head and neck. Joshua Brent faces a charge of manslaughter.

Visitation for Jerry Brown will be Friday at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 Woodland Ave.,  from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, 915 North Taylor Ave.

Then there will be a Repass for friends and family who are attending the funeral at Vashon High School, 3035 Cass Ave., on Saturday afternoon from 2-5 p.m.

USA Today reported Monday that since 2000 there have been 177 reported arrests made against NFL players for driving under the influence.

In 2012, there have been 18 arrests made including Saturday morning’s accident.

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