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Updated: 8/22/2013 11:55 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The family of a former Forrest High School student turned military leader is pleading for answers in their son’s death.

Spc. Deangelo Brown, 22, was shot and killed outside a Colorado Springs nightclub early Sunday morning, and police have yet to identify a suspect.

“He was not the type of person to be in any confrontation or cause any confrontation,” said his mother Angela Criswell who lives in Jacksonville.

Criswell says police in Colorado Springs have provided her with little information, other than details of their response to calls of a disturbance outside the club where witnesses reported hearing multiple gun shots. Brown was the only victim, and died minutes later at the hospital.

“He didn't deserve this. He didn't deserve this at all.”

Because of Brown's murder, the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board has now blacklisted the club, making it off limits to any and all uniformed military personnel for the next three months. A spokesman says the club did not look out for Brown or uphold the standards that the military expects.

They are standards Brown’s stepfather, Anthony Criswell, believes his son upheld all day, every day. He says Brown served in the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and was a food service specialist. Brown recently re-enlisted in the Army, was promoted last week, and planned to transfer to Fort Stewart in Savannah in September to be closer to his family.

“He loved what he did. He wanted to make a career out of it and stay in the military as long as he could.”

Now Brown's parents are pleading for answers.

“That person doesn't know what he took away from us,” said his mother, “so any information is appreciated to find out who did this to him.”

Deangelo Brown’s funeral will be held at West Friendship Baptist Church, 945 Carrie St. in Jacksonville on Tuesday at noon. The public is welcome to join his friends and family in a celebration of his life and service to his country.
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