'Put the guns down': A Columbus mother calls for change after her son's murder

Photo courtesy of family: Brenden and Keeandra Brown
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (10TV) - A Columbus woman who has spent her life raising awareness of the lives impacted by gun violence, now finds herself mourning her son.

Keeandra Brown started the Columbus, OH Remembrance Page on Facebook in 2016. 10TV's Angela Reighard interviewed her in September as the page grew in popularity.

On Nov. 22, Brown's life was forever changed. She got the news her 18-year-old son Brenden was killed during a car crash and shooting on Shady Lane Road.

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"I never thought that it would be me," Brown said. "Those words - I swear are going to haunt me forever."

Brown described her son as someone who would light up a room with his smile and personality.

"He was the best son and it was such an honor and such a privilege to be his mother," she said. "If you knew him, you loved him. Brenden didn't have any enemies - there was no reason for that - because he has the same heart as me. He would give you the shirt off his back."

Police have not made any arrests or publicly named any suspects in the case. Brown said the waiting is taking its toll on her family.

"My son is not going to be a cold case in Columbus. He's not. I will do everything. I will spend my last breath making sure his killer is brought to justice," she said.

Brown said she finds comfort in the remembrance page she started. Others who have lost their loved ones are offering her support in this time of need. However, she can't help but think, no one should have to know what it's like to lose a child.

"Put the guns down - please do. They are destroying families, they are ruining lives over nothing. This isn't a video game. You only have one life. You don't get to do this again," Brown pleaded.

If you have any information in the case, contact the Columbus Police Department's Homicide Unit at (614) 645-4730.

The family has set up donation pages to help raise money for Brenden Brown's funeral. You can donate here. Services for Brown will be Dec. 5 at Smyrna Baptist Church located at 1650 Wilson Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43207. A viewing will begin at 10 a.m. with services to follow at 11 a.m.

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