Marine, Memphian stabbed to death in Hawaii

William Brown, 23, pictured with former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama (Image source: friends)
William Brown, 23, pictured with former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama (Image source: friends)

(WMC) - A Marine and Mid-South native was stabbed to death while he was stationed in Hawaii.

Officials said Sergeant William M. Brown was part of the 3rd Marine Division and Expeditionary Force.

Police say he was killed after an altercation broke out on a Honolulu street early Saturday morning.

Brown, 23, was a Memphis native that graduated from Bolton High School.

"He smiles and laughed about everything. Just an individual, my nephew everyone is going to miss him. It's going to be difficult to move on but we will have to at some point," Malcholm Reese, Brown's uncle, said. "All of us are deeply grieving right now. No sleep at night. We'll never see our nephew, her son, alive again."

Brown grew up in West Memphis then later moved to Bartlett. He joined the Marines five years ago. Brown's family said he died protecting a friend.

"He's an amazing young man. We're going to miss him dearly," Reese said.

A release from the Marines described Brown as a beloved member of his unit and said he will always be remembered. The family had the following to say about his death:

William "Mike" Brown was born on November 21st, 1993. Whether you knew him as "Mike" or "Will", family, friends, and acquaintances all knew he was someone special. Mike joined the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines on November 17, 2012, and was promoted to Sergeant on October 1, 2017.

A 16-year-old is charged with second-degree murder in the death. Others were arrested as well, but have been released.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking memorial contributions to be made to the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation.

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