Updated 05/17/2005 08:46 AM
Family dealing with tragedy
Holding a picture of Brandie Brown, the 13-year-old's family is still in shock at what took place inside this apartment over the weekend and a standoff that resulted in Brian Brown taking his life.
“Something just went wrong with him,” Brandie’s Aunt Bridgette Whitmore said.
Brown was wanted for questioning in the murder of his 13-year- old sister Brandie. Their mother discovered her body after coming home from work.
The family says Brandie and Brian's mother now has to deal with the death of two children.
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"You can't experience the pain of losing two children. It's terrible to lose two children and have a mother that struggles all her life to raise her children to bury two people,” said family friend Lavone Davis.
The family says the 22-year-old who was wanted on weapons charges suffered from mental problems, but was trying to get help.
The family is left with little answers to what happened inside this apartment. They believe Brian didn't mean to hurt his little sister. They say the shooting was an accident.
“When Brandie was in the house with her brother her mother went to work that morning.
She says her son was watching TV. There was nothing abnormal," Whitmore said.
"This was an accident. These were my cousins, I grew up with them. I know that he did not mean to do that. When he came to his senses and realized he could not deal with it," said cousin Aizha Elstak.
Meanwhile police are still trying to figure out if the gun Brown used to kill himself is connected to his sister's murder. Syracuse police say forensic tests on Brown's gun are expected to take about a week.