Murdered teen's mother forgives 15-year-old accused killer

Deago Brown (Source: Family)
Deago Brown (Source: Family)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department arrested a 15-year-old girl they said is responsible for killing another teen in April.

Brown's mother said he was killed one day after he gave his life to Christ.

Police said they immediately knew a teen girl was responsible.

Six months later, they arrested Teryona Winton, 15. She is in jail accused of first-degree murder.

"I just thank God that she got found," Deago's mother, Carol Brown, said. "I just said 'Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus'."

She said a lot of people had information, but they refused to come forward to help serve justice for her son.

"It was just kind of sad how a lot of people knew about it, but not a lot of people were coming forward about it," Brown said.

Brown said she forgives Winton for killing her son.

"If God can forgive with all my sins that I done did, that I commit all the time, then I know that I can do it too," Brown said.

A motive has still not been released for the shooting, leaving Brown with questions.

"I don't know if Deago knew the girl or not or if the girl was the enemy or what," Brown said.

Deago's mentor said the young man was working to change his life.

"He did join the church and he was changing," mentor Richard Carr said. "He came up here to the Art garden to try to better himself."

In addition to forgiving the teen accused of killing her son, Brown said she wants justice.

"I'm also praying that justice will be served, even though it's not going to bring my son back," she said.

Winton will appear back in juvenile court next month.

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