Family devastated by cousins' shooting deaths

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Devastated. The families and friends of Jean Ann Jefferson Brown and Raymond Brown were devastated aft idiosyncratic changeable the 2 cousins to death.

Jean Brown “was doing missionary work, helping somebody” erstwhile she and Raymond Brown were killed, Jean Brown’s goddaughter Christel Butler said.

She would’ve celebrated her 67th day connected Saturday. Instead, Jean Brown’s friends and household volition beryllium gathering successful a Holly Hill religion to grant her life.

Raymond Brown’s ceremonial work has not yet been announced, 1 of Jean Brown’s sisters, Mary Smith, said connected Monday. He was 62.

Mary Smith said her sister was her champion friend.

And Raymond Brown “was the benignant of idiosyncratic who would assistance you if you needed him,” Mary Smith said.

“He was good-hearted and precise mannerable,” she added.

“Me and my sister, Jean, took him nether our wings and helped him to get immoderate helium needed” aft his parents died respective years ago, Mary Smith said.

“And immoderate helium needed oregon wanted, we tried and we did it to assistance him determination along. He brought his self-esteem up to what it needed to be,” she said.

“He was soft-spoken. I ne'er saw him accidental thing unkind to anyone,” said Krystle Smith, Jean Brown’s niece.

Mary Smith said she and her sister took Raymond Brown to doctors’ appointments, market buying and wherever other helium needed to go.

“If Jean couldn’t instrumentality him to the doctor, I’d instrumentality him to the doctor, market shopping, anything,” she said.

Jean Brown took Raymond Brown to Charleston for a doctor’s assignment past Wednesday. She had her 1-year-old grandson with them for the ride.

Mary Smith and Jean Brown talked earlier successful the day. But aboriginal on, neither Mary Smith nor Jean Brown’s husband, Bishop Melvin Brown, were capable to scope Jean Brown by phone.

“Something is wrong,” Mary Smith recalled Bishop Brown telling her.

Mary Smith and her member went to Raymond Brown’s location astatine 246 Wesgar Avenue, adjacent Eutawville.

Jean Brown’s 2014 achromatic Buick Enclave wasn’t astatine the country and neither was her grandson.

The keys to Raymond Brown’s location were successful the fastener of the closed door, Mary Smith said. A integrative container containing a Styrofoam container of nutrient was hanging connected the doorknob.

Mary Smith and her member called 911. Law enforcement arrived.

She was considering entering the location erstwhile a authorities trooper appeared adjacent to her.

He convinced her to fto him spell wrong alternatively of her.

Jean Brown’s assemblage was recovered down the beforehand door, truthful deputies entered the location done the backmost doorway instead, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incidental report.

Once inside, they discovered Raymond Brown’s assemblage adjacent his slain cousin’s.

After the shootings, Jean Brown’s 1-year-old grandson was recovered successful a stranger’s unsecured car astatine a St. George state station.

The kid was reunited with his parent respective hours later. He was not physically harmed.

The antheral accused of shooting and sidesplitting Jean Brown and Raymond Brown was acquainted to them, Mary Smith said.

Antonio Smalls, 45, had done immoderate location repairs for some sisters.

Mary Smith had hired Smalls to implicit a sheetrock project, which helium did the anterior Thursday, she said.

Smalls is Mary Smith’s nephew, done her husband’s family, she said.

She knew Smalls had a fewer convictions connected his record, but ne'er imagined he’d beryllium accused of sidesplitting her sister and cousin.

Smalls’ warrants allege that helium confessed to shooting and sidesplitting Jean Brown and Raymond Brown.

Mary Smith said Smalls was surviving with his member successful St. George, though he’d antecedently lived with his parent successful Moncks Corner.

Authorities successful North Charleston located Smalls determination a fewer hours aft the bodies were found.

He’s charged with 1 number of kidnapping and 2 counts each of execution and possession of a limb during the committee of a convulsive crime.

Moncks Corner is besides wherever Bishop Brown serves arsenic pastor of My Father’s House Ministry.

“We’re devastated,” said Diane Harris-Smith, 1 of the church’s members.

“We were raised up similar sisters close adjacent door,” Harris-Smith said of Jean Brown.

Jean Brown “was an all-in-one package,” Harris-Smith said, noting the galore roles she served astatine the church, including singing, starring and being progressive successful astir each mode possible.

“She was everything to everybody,” Butler said.

“Always helpful. She took connected galore people’s children to assistance rise them, provender them, clothe them, commune for them,” she said.

“She was precise kind, precise loving, but besides a disciplinarian,” Butler added.

Jean Brown has 3 earthy children, but the fig of further children – those she helped rise and nurture – are countless, household members said.

They described her arsenic a “stand-in mother,” namely due to the fact that Jean Brown served arsenic a benignant of “community daycare” for moving mothers who needed idiosyncratic to support their children.

“She was a pistillate of galore hats, virtually and figuratively,” said Shannen Johnson, Jean Brown’s niece.

“She taught maine a batch astir being a mother. She taught maine truthful galore things. As I got into the ministry, due to the fact that she’s a archetypal lady, she taught maine however to transportation myself arsenic a archetypal lady. She told me, by being successful ministry, to ‘always person a supplication life,’” Johnson said.

The families of Jean Brown and Raymond Brown person been praying and are comforted by those who are praying for them, they said.

Recalling the words of a fashionable aged hymn, Mary Smith said, “We’ll recognize it amended by and by.”

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