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Murder victim's stepfather speaks after four arrested

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The stepfather of a young man murdered remains forgiving even after four people are arrested in connection to the death.

Otavious Brown, 21, of Waterloo, was shot and killed in July.

Four young men now face charges of murder, attempted murder, and intimidation with a weapon.

Brown suffered a gunshot wound to his chest off of Logan Avenue. The arrests came more than a month after his death. 

KWWL's Jessica Hartman speaking with Otavious Brown's stepfather about the arrests and the family's healing.

"Real numb feeling. . . Some of my family, they were happy. But for me, I was just . . . You can't replace Tavis. Although we want justice, I really feel for those four young men's families," said Otavious Brown's stepfather, Raymond Birden.

 Four more families who now know the loss of a son too; not as deeply as Otavious' family, but still a loss. The young men facing life in prison.

 As a man of God, Raymond Birden has found the answer for his pain and hopes those allegedly responsible for his son's murder do too.

 "I know if there are some guilty verdicts, we will be satisfied. But my closure will actually come, if those young men find Christ. That will be closure for me," said Birden.

 Although four young men are accused of pulling the trigger, Birden says the situation his family and the other families are in right now is a symptom of a bigger issue in the community.

 "It is so sad to see so many young black men with no aspiration for tomorrow, no hope, no dreams. That their future has to be so bleak that the only thing they live for is to play games, get high, party, fight, and shoot at one another. It is spineless, it is cowardly," said Birden.

 Birden asks that the community get more involved; that people speak up when they see violence and crime happening in their neighborhoods.


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