No news from Cleveland police on who shot Destiny Brown, 17

William K. Alcorn


Someone yelled, “We love you, Destiny” when balloons were released during a vigil Wednesday night for Destiny Brown, who was wounded in a shooting last Friday morning and died over the weekend in University Hospitals in Cleveland.

An estimated 100 members of Destiny’s family and her friends crowded onto South Truesdale Avenue on the city’s East Side about 7 p.m. to celebrate her life and say goodbye.

She was killed just one month shy of her 18th birthday.

“She was one of seven siblings. Destiny was my baby sister,” said Alexis Myers of Truesdale, standing on the front yard of the family home before the candles were lighted and the vigil began.

“We want to send a message of peace and get some closure. Destiny gave everybody life,” said Myers, who said she is trying to be strong for herself and Destiny and the family.

Destiny was visiting friends when she was shot, said her cousin Tiffany Black of Youngstown.

“We want justice. We want to know what happened. She didn’t deserve this,” Black said.

According to Cleveland police, Destiny was found shot in a car at East 169th Street and Lake Shore Boulevard about 12:20 a.m. The driver of the car in which Destiny was a passenger, however, told police he was parked on Westropp Avenue when a car pulled up behind them and someone fired several shots. The driver fled, and when he was no longer being chased, called police.

Alexis and Tiffany asked anybody who knows anything about Destiny’s death to call the Cleveland Police Homicide Division.

“We don’t believe what was in the newspaper about her death. The ones who killed Destiny robbed her of everything. Now, she’s an angel,” Myers said.

Someone else prayed for God to help the family get through this ordeal.

“Destiny is delivered into God’s hands,” said another when the balloons were released and the crowd began to disperse.

“I miss my cousin,” whispered 10-year-old Ciara Cain.

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