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Family still searching for answers one year after Richmond father of four was killed

Posted at 11:41 PM, Mar 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-31 08:35:25-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- It's tough enough to be 10 years old, and when you add on living life without a parent due to violence, it's heartbreaking.

"He was going to get me and my sister something to eat," said Amaya Brown.

The little girl said she almost feels guilty, knowing that a simple food run put her father in a dangerous neighborhood.

Antonio Brown was found shot to death inside his car at the Tiger Mart parking lot on Hill Street in Gilpin court early one afternoon last year.

So far, two men have been arrested, but on the anniversary of his death, his mother believes others have crucial information.

"March the 29, 2020, my 28-year-old son, Antonio Lewis Brown, Jr. lost his life here,” said his mother, Ramona Brown. “It's senseless. I'm standing in the spot where he was gunned down in his vehicle.”

Ramona said two arrests have been made, but added there have been multiple setbacks.

"The coronavirus,” she said. “The pandemic stopped everything."

Ramona believes there are more people in this community that can help her son’s case by coming forward, and eliminating the chance that her sons' killers might get away with it.

She's begging them to call police.

"This is what I need to get some type of closure," Ramona said, choking back tears.

And closure, little Amaya said, only reminds her that her dad's not coming home and how things used to be. "How he used to take care of me," the little girl said.

Antonio had three girls and one boy, all under the age of 10.

A year has elapsed, but his children said it still feels like it happened yesterday.