Family and friends of Kedena Brown speak out

Published: May. 15, 2015 at 2:41 AM EDT|Updated: May. 16, 2015 at 4:13 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Family and friends are speaking out about the young mother shot and killed in a drive-by shooting.

North Charleston Police have arrested a 16 year old boy accused in the early Sunday morning murder of Kedena Brown. Police say they don't believe Brown was the intended victim.

Many described Brown, 36, as a beautiful woman who cared deeply for her family and friends.

Brown was struck by gunfire while driving her Chrysler 300 in the area of Ashley Phosphate and Northwoods Boulevard early Sunday morning. Police say they believe Brown's car was mistaken for a similar car involved in a shootout that began in the area of Lawrence Street and Constitution Avenue.

The out pour of support for the family has been constant this past week and now it's even coming from strangers all across social media.

"We're just holding tight, we're holding each other close and trying to maintain as much privacy as we can," Cathy Colebrooke, Brown's sister, said.

On Thursday, they placed flowers at the spot where her life was taken.

It was a difficult day for people who knew Kedena Brown. The arrest of a 15-year-old boy shows progress in the case, but also anger towards the others who may be involved.

"By god I demand you come out and turn yourself in," Tony Lewis, a family friend of Brown's, said. "Because God will bring you out of your shell and bring you to the police department himself. It's sad."

The 36 year old was a mother of three children. Friends say she was a family person.

"She was leaving her mother, my mother's house after celebrating and wishing her, our cousins, and the rest of the mothers that were celebrating with us, a Happy Mother's Day," Colebrooke said. "She was going home so she could wake up in her bed, with her husband, and with her kids. That's what my sister was doing."

"[She was] a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, other family members and friends," Lewis added sentimentally.

She was also a coworker to many. Brown worked at IQor as a quality specialist for nine years.

It's a global business outsourcing and product support company.

She was also a member of St. Paul AME Church off Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.

There has been an outpouring support for Brown on social media. Strangers offering condolences on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag Justice for Dena.

"She had a lot of friends out there that want to pay their respects, and want to lend a hand," Colebrooke said.

The family tells us a funeral is scheduled for Tuesday.

The 16 year old is charged with murder, four counts of attempted murder and possession of a gun during a violent crime, for the shooting on Ashley Phosphate Sunday. He is being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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