Teen shot dead in Brown Deer, DOJ helping investigate

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BROWN DEER, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A death investigation is underway in Brown Deer after a teen was found dead inside his home near N. 62nd and Tower Thursday, Sept. 1.

The victim was identified as 18-year-old Amarion Brown. He died of an apparent gunshot wound, his great aunt Rose Cleary confirmed to CBS 58.

Cleary says his younger sister found him in bed. "His little sister went in there, and she came back and said, 'Mama he's bleeding.'"

That little girl is 8-years-old, still terrified by what she saw Thursday morning when she went to wake up Marion.

Cleary said, "She went in there and said, 'He has a nosebleed.' He'd been shot."

Cleary told CBS 58 she cared for Brown like a mother after his own mother passed away.

She described Marion as a good kid who did not have trouble with the law.

"You get up in the morning and he isn't waking up anymore? Now we have to see him in a coffin?"

Brown Deer police, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Wisconsin Crime Lab are investigating, and the Department of Justice is assisting.

Cleary says the family is desperate for answers because they don't know how someone could have broken into the home overnight to shoot Brown. "For you to come in their home kill this child in his bed. He's in his bed. Asleep."

In 2019 Marion's stepfather was killed. Now his death is more grief for a family that is still actively grieving another loss: just three weeks ago another nephew was also killed.

Marion would have turned 19 next week. Instead of planning a birthday party they'll now be planning a funeral.

Cleary said, "I hope you catch him, and I hope he'll do time and never, ever see the light of day anymore."

The Brown Deer Police Department did not provide any information on scene Thursday. When we called the department for more information, a lieutenant hung up.

This is a developing story. Check back on our website for updates.

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