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Updated: 8/22/2013 11:55 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The family of a former Forrest High School student turned military leader is pleading for answers in their son’s death.

Spc. Deangelo Brown, 22, was shot and killed outside a Colorado Springs nightclub early Sunday morning, and police have yet to identify a suspect.

“He was not the type of person to be in any confrontation or cause any confrontation,” said his mother Angela Criswell who lives in Jacksonville.

Criswell says police in Colorado Springs have provided her with little information, other than details of their response to calls of a disturbance outside the club where witnesses reported hearing multiple gun shots. Brown was the only victim, and died minutes later at the hospital.

“He didn't deserve this. He didn't deserve this at all.”

Because of Brown's murder, the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board has now blacklisted the club, making it off limits to any and all uniformed military personnel for the next three months. A spokesman says the club did not look out for Brown or uphold the standards that the military expects.

They are standards Brown’s stepfather, Anthony Criswell, believes his son upheld all day, every day. He says Brown served in the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and was a food service specialist. Brown recently re-enlisted in the Army, was promoted last week, and planned to transfer to Fort Stewart in Savannah in September to be closer to his family.

“He loved what he did. He wanted to make a career out of it and stay in the military as long as he could.”

Now Brown's parents are pleading for answers.

“That person doesn't know what he took away from us,” said his mother, “so any information is appreciated to find out who did this to him.”

Deangelo Brown’s funeral will be held at West Friendship Baptist Church, 945 Carrie St. in Jacksonville on Tuesday at noon. The public is welcome to join his friends and family in a celebration of his life and service to his country.
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Realchange - 8/23/2013 10:35 AM
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The military needs to do more than blacklist the club. They should be involving the FBI and homeland security to shut it down. 3 months is nothing for club. The message should be clear if military member gets killed on leave and your negligent you lose your business. Be a lot less thugs gong to clubs then.

nativejax - 8/23/2013 7:47 AM
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He was shot outside a 'bar'. And now that 'bar' is blacklisted for 3 months...?'s a bar...losing business from the military is not going to hurt it, it's a bar. And there is no honor among thugs, much less DRUNK thugs, to tell the police or his family anything about this shooting.

Realchange - 8/23/2013 1:00 AM
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My condolences to the family for his loss. The military pretends to care about its troops, except when they poison their own in desert storm then lie about it. They cover up research, deny veterans a trial by jury as required by the US Constitution. Have experienced it first hand as desert storm navy vet. Anyone tells the military keeps its word and is honorable should ask for veterans to be allowed jury trials to determine disability. VA willing cheats veterans lies to them and down plays over 300k poisoned, they cite 200k but do not include the ones got sick from desert shield shots, they do not include the ones served in Turkey, or other countries including Israel. Those veterans are worse than dead forced to survive as best they can, and forced to be called liars without a lawful jury of their peers to hear their stories and see their eviedence. All the while their health deteriotes and the leaders of that fiasco play at being good Presidents who care about the troops, but they don't care enough to make sure the vets they poisoned get service connection disability as promised when they entered. That is if you serve and the government makes you ill or wounded they will take care of you for such sacrifice. Poisoned veterans don't make for good recruiting propaganda. So we get thrown out with the trash for justice.
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