Oct 12, 2016
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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.

Comments

  1. Thank you Nicole. Eric was my little cousin, and he will be dearly missed. A life that was ended, way too soon. R.I.P. Eric..we love you…xoxoxoxoxo

    Michelle Wetsch | Oct 13th, 2016
  2. He was killed during a drug deal gone bad based on a later article published on this site. Not worthy of any fundraiser when you are killed while engaging in illegal activity.

    John Spartan | Oct 14th, 2016
  3. Dude who ever you are that have Negative Response’s can have some respect and not comment. Your apparently not going to help with the fundraiser so you dont need to donate your negative remarks eather. Because he is still someones son and friend and you dont need to make any comment to justify your believes. Thank you.
    P.S im sorry for the lost you guys i havent seen him since he was little playing with my little sis Lexi Coats and Twigs kids. My family,s shaken up and sadden about your lose much love and prayers
    Robbie Dull

    Robert O Dull | Oct 15th, 2016
  4. Wow! I read your comment and I am truly shocked by your lack of compassion. But what really annoyed me was your nastiness towards a 21-year old’s death. A young boy was brutally killed before he had a chance to experience life – he was cheated out of getting married, having kids, and all the wonderful experiences that awaited him. Maybe at 21 you were perfect and made no mistakes. However, most of us get the chance to realize the mistakes we made in our youth.
    You decided from one article just days after Eric’s death that he wasn’t worthy. Is this because you personally knew him? Were you there that night and know exactly what happened? Because in my experience, the media (newspapers, etc.) rarely get everything right. Did you do any research or check your facts before you decided this 21-year old boy wasn’t worthy?
    As a mother myself, I do not pretend to know what Eric’s mother and father are going through. One of the most tragic and traumatic losses life can deal out to a person is the death of a son or daughter. And you picked this time to let the world know you don’t think their son is worthy. Shame on you! If you don’t want to be a part of the fundraiser, that is your prerogative. But to say it isn’t a worthy cause is heartless.
    Simple Definition of WORTHY
    : good and deserving respect, praise, or attention
    : having enough good qualities to be considered important, useful, etc.
    I am fortunate enough to have known Eric. He was a great kid with a good heart. His smile could light up a room. He was thoughtful, caring and COMPASSIONATE at 21 years. I guess you are still working on those traits.

    Maria McCoy | Oct 16th, 2016
  5. @Robert and @Maria he was at a park that my children play in buying or selling illegal drugs. Some say it was only Marijuana and no big deal, we’ll get a card and buy it from the Co-op but don’t bring that crime to my neighborhood! Engage in illegal activity in your own “hood” don’t bring it to mine!

    John Spartan | Oct 18th, 2016
  6. This is his neighborhood too! Your kids are there at 11pm? I think that why he was so he wasn’t near kids. I wish you could have known eric, he came into this world a very special soul. He was kind and gentle, loving and thoughtful. His sense of humor was amazing, i still laugh at things he said while i was driving eric and my daughter, shelby to and from school. He loved cars, fishing and his dog, buster. He was a good guy and had many lifelong friends from all walks of life. He was a great kid, a wonderful young man and on his way to becoming a legendary old man. That has been taken away from him and he from us

    june chrisman | Oct 18th, 2016
  7. According to you doing something illegal makes someone unworthy. Not worthy of sympathy, care or kindness, and by extension, his family, friends and community become unworthy and deserving of any derisive and cruel remarks made by persons such as yourself? Many times we are given the opportunity to express ourselves and our opinions, but you should not be cruel and inflict further pain upon grief-stricken family and friends of anyone. My opinion of you is that your a jackass and unworthy of space in my brain. If, God forbid, you were to be killed in a car accident that you caused by speeding I would never dream of saying to your loved ones that because you were doing something illegal (speeding) and you have now become unworthy and that you, and they, do not deserve any sympathy or kindness. When they try to explain they would be soundly rebuked. When the next opportunity to opine comes your way Mr. Spartan try going high instead of going low. As my mother used to say ” if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. But I suspect you won’t. I suspect you find too much pleasure in making instant judgments and subjecting us to your thoughts while you troll the internet. Finally, Mr. Spartan, and I mean this with all my heart, I hope your children can grow up and be half the person Eric was.

    To Joe and Jenny and all of us who new him, I wish you comfort and hope during this difficult time and may you find love and joy in your memories of dear, sweet Eric.

    June Chrisman | Oct 18th, 2016
  8. Speeding and drug dealing are the same to you?? It’s okay to deal drugs in a park at 11 pm because the kids are not present? Listen to yourselves because the ignorance is rising to the top. I said I didn’t believe someone who was killed while engaging in illegal activity like selling or buying illegal narcotics should have a fundraiser and expect people to donate. You can call me names or wish bad luck upon me but the truth is the truth.

    John Spartan | Oct 20th, 2016
  9. John spartan you need to keep your worthless comments to yourself. God forbid your kid gets shot while buying or selling WEED. God forbid your son/daughter ends up like those fucking scumbags that killed Eric Brown. Eric was not a gang banger, he did not run the streets he worked his ass off at his job! He worked for a car dealership for fucks sake. Eric shouldn’t have been the one in that casket. I shouldn’t have had to go to HIS funeral yesterday! I hope you feel the pain that his parents Joe & Jenny feel because that is the most agonizing feeling in the work! They should not be cremating him, they should not be outliving their children. FUCK YOU and people like you. Your the reason why I hate this world And Eric was the reason I loved it! So get the hell out of here you miserable piece of garbage , all you do is take up space. Eric is gone but yet there’s still people like you walking and breathing and fucking shit up like your kind of people do. RIP Eric Brown. This fucking world will never be the same without you love😢💔

    Shelby Ferguson | Oct 21st, 2016
  10. This was not a drug dealer .
    Erik Brown, SHOULD NOT
    be labeled as such. He wasn’t convicted or proven guilty.
    He was a good person,
    And will always be remembered as such. By EVERYONE who EVER knew him.
    He was …a friend,
    a son, a bother, a cousin, a good hearted sole. No matter what anyone, may have said or thought.
    He will be missed dearly by those who knew him. He had a truly beautiful funeral. Surrounded by his family and friends. My Heartfelt condolences to Jenny and Joe…
    And to the all John Spartans of the world, who’s words come from such nonsense? You are a pathetic, small excuse of a man. You could never be righteous. Anyone who would find joy in causing such a fuss? Is not worthy of being heard.

    Tamara | Oct 23rd, 2016
  11. John, Eric was my little brother. He obviously shouldn’t have been selling weed anywhere at any time, but that doesn’t mean he was not a victim of a violent crime. Nor does it mean that he didn’t deserve a proper funeral and Celebration of Life. This person who you look at as just someone who sold weed, was so much more than that! He was a mechanic at Hilltop Dodge and has been working there for over a year… he usually worked 6 days a week and averaged about 55 hours per week. He was doing everything he could do get by in life and become successful. He was just telling me a few weeks ago how he wanted to pay off his car so he could start saving up to by a house. He was 21 years old and had such a bright future! There are SO many people out there who buy and sell weed, it isn’t legal, but this situation could have happened to many people you or I know! Eric has lived in El Sobrante all his life, throughout high school he lived a few blocks up the street from cheese park, and the rest of his life he lived a few minutes away (still in El Sobrante). He was the most giving and caring person I have ever met… he didn’t discriminate against the people he helped. Whether it was a homeless black guy sitting hungry or a white man whose car was broke down, I have personally seen him help so many different people of all walks of life. If you had the opportunity to cross his path, or even know what he’s overcome in his life, you wouldn’t be saying what you’re saying. As you can see on the gofundme page (with the large number of donations) there were so many people that he touched. You don’t have to donate at all, but please don’t try to bring any negativity towards my little brother and act like his life wasn’t worthy of a proper funeral. The only people you should be putting down at this time are the 3 cowards who murdered my little brother.

    Nicole Wadsworth | Oct 28th, 2016

About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.