Online fundraiser launched for homicide victim Eric Brown, 21

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    A family member of Eric Brown, who was shot and killed at La Moine Park in Richmond Monday night, has launched an online fundraiser where he is described as “the most caring and generous person you’d ever meet.” The 21-year-old Brown was shot about 10:50 p.m. at the park at 3501 Morningside Drive. A 19-year-old man who also suffered gunshot wounds is expected to survive, police said. No suspects have been arrested in connection with the homicide, which was the city’s 22nd of 2016, surpassing the homicide count from all of 2015. Brown’s sister-in-law Nicole Wadsworth has launched a gofundme account to raise funds for his afterlife expenses. “Anyone who knows Eric knows that he was the most caring and generous person you’d ever meet,” Wadsworth wrote. “He’d give up the shirt off his back if a friend needed it.” At the time of his death, Brown had been working as a mechanic at Hilltop Dodge for about a year, Wadsworth said. “He could fix anything that had a motor in it and was so proud of his new Dodge Charger,” she added. She also described his “zest for life” and his ability to make everyone laugh. “The family is planning to put on a celebration of life as soon as possible… any help with the costs associated will be greatly appreciated,” she said.

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