Family remembers man gunned down New Year's Day

- Family and friends gathered in Detroit to remember a young man, shot and killed New Year’s Day.

The vigil was held at the corner of Pilgrim and Ward, right where 21 year old Jalen Brown was murdered. His family says Brown was there to pick up his mother and 2 young brothers from a family party just after 11 Friday night. That’s when Detroit Police say the suspect drove up in a burgundy vehicle and fired shots at his car.

"Me and my brother was walking outside about to go in the car and then my brother parked, but he still had the car on,” says Steven Saunders, Brown’s 9 year old brother. “And then this one car pulled by him and my brother was on his phone, and then my brother turned around and then they started shooting and my brother pulled away."

Brown’s car crashed into a house near the corner. The boys were able to run back into the house and told their mother to call police.

“If all of them would have came out at one time,” says Brown’s grandmother, Valerie Hanes, “they all would have been dead.” Hanes continued saying, “I'd lost a whole family. I just want justice."

Brown was working 2 jobs, and his father told Fox 2 he was going to school to become a barber. Right now, they are in shock that someone would want to kill him.

“We are clueless right now as to what this was about or what may have happened,” says Clifford Brown, Jalen’s father. “I mean, I have no idea. He wasn't one of those kinds of kids."

If you have information that could help Detroit Police in this investigation, you are urged to call 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Your calls can be made anonymously.

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