Mourners gather at the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr

Andrew Brown Jr, a 42-year-old black man who was killed by the North Carolina sheriff’s deputies was laid to rest on Monday as his Khalil Ferebee acted as the pallbearer and several people gathered by to mourn at the Fountain of Life Church.

Brown was shot to death under unclear circumstances with a private autopsy conducted by the family revealing that he had been struck 5 bullets including a very fatal one at the rear of his skull.

The shooting occurred on 21st April, last Wednesday when a team of seven or eight officers at the scene were attempting to arrest Brown and began open firing in his driveway in Elizabeth City when the vehicle started moving away from them, according to Cherry-Lassiter, one from the team of attorneys for the family.

Attorneys of the family of the victim accused the law enforcement authorities of “executing” an innocent man and withholding the evidence.

However, the defense claimed that Brown had a history of avoiding arrests. According to Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble, the deputies perceived Brown to be a threat as there were search warrants on Brown stemming from a felony drug charge. In complete contradiction to Lassiter’s team, Womble said that the shooting took place only when Brown’s car started lurching towards the team of deputies at the scene and made contact with them.

Our deepest condolences to the family of the victim.