ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Among the 49 killed in Sunday morning's mass shooting in Orlando was a man who recently had lived in St. Louis. The friends he left behind in St. Louis are still trying to cope with the idea that they will never see him again.
Students will be holding a vigil at Harris Stowe State University to show their solidarity with the people of Orlando. Wednesday night, just a few blocks from here, there will be a different vigil for a man named Antonio Brown, Tony to his friends, who was killed during the Pulse night club massacre.
Tony Brown moved to Florida last year after living in St. Louis for three years. He spent his time in St. Louis living in the GW Lofts on Washington Avenue. He was a captain in the Army Reserves but had moved to St. Louis to work for a medical equipment contractor that assigned him to St. Mary's Hospital.
Brown was 29-year-old and is described by friends as a kind and generous person. He helped people anyway he could, whether it was giving them bus fare or getting them a job.
One of Tony's closest friends in St. Louis was Myiesha Miller West. She says even after he moved away last year, she talked to Tony everyday and had texted with him Saturday evening... and spoken to him by phone late Saturday night about an hour before the shooting started.
During our visit Myiesha's daughter was making a sign to hold at the vigil being planned for Wednesday night in his memory in front of the GW Lofts at 8:00pm.
Tony Brown was originally from Florida and moved back to Cocoa Beach last year to take a job in human resources at Lowes. Myiesha says lately he had been talking about moving back to St. Louis because he missed his friends here.
Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the Death of Army Reserve Captain Antonio Brown
I am deeply saddened by the news that a Soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve was among the victims of the tragic shooting in Orlando over the weekend.
Capt. Antonio Davon Brown served his country for nearly a decade, stepping forward to do the noblest thing a young person can do, which is to protect others. His service both at home and overseas gave his fellow Americans the security to dream their dreams, and live full lives. The attack in Orlando was a cowardly assault on those freedoms, and a reminder of the importance of the mission to which Capt. Brown devoted his life.
The men and women of the Department of Defense grieve with Capt. Brown's family and with all of the families and loved ones impacted by this tragedy. We stand with the people of Orlando and the nation's LGBT community during this difficult time, and stand in determination to defeat ISIL and prevent the spread of its hateful ideology.