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As Family of C'ville Homicide Victim Plan Funeral, Killer Remains Loose

October 21, 2013

The family of 22-year-old Jarvis Corenell Brown is still reeling from his sudden loss.

As they plan for a funeral, his killer is still on the loose.

"It could happen to you," said Courtney Brown, Jarvis Brown's sister. "It happened to me. I would've never imagined in a million years I'd get that knock on the door."

Brown said she last saw her brother about a week ago. Just days later, he was found shot on Woodland Drive in Charlottesville.

"To me, it's unhumanlike, especially when I see my brother's body," she said. "He didn't deserve to die that way. He didn't have a fighting chance. It was cruel to me."

Police say they have no suspects in the case but say the investigation is active and ongoing.

Now, the family is left to remember a son, a father and a brother.

I want to give his daughter all the memories I can because she's not ever going to know her daddy as far as physically," Brown said. "She'll only hear about him."

Jarvis Brown's daughter turned 2 years old on Wednesday, the day before he was killed.

"I'm trying to think positive but it's hard because the first thing you think when someone harms someone you love, you want to fight back," Brown said. "You want to do whatever you can. I don't want to think that way."

She described her brother as someone who was always smiling -- a good uncle to her kids and a good father to his daughter.

Now that he's gone, Courtney Brown has made a promise.

"I just promised him when I'd seen his body, I gave him a kiss and I told him I was gonna take care of his baby, because that's the only thing I can do here on earth is take care of her," she said. "Like I said, she's going to need somebody."

Brown's funeral is set for this weekend.

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