Slain Trooper's Funeral to Be Held Next Weekend

Trooper killed working off-duty security job

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    Maryland State Police
    Trooper Wesley Brown

    The funeral for a slain trooper will be held next week, according to Maryland State Police.

    Trooper 1st Class Wesley W. Brown, 24, was shot and killed early Friday at an Applebee's restaurant in Prince George's County.

    State police said Saturday that Brown's family announced that there will be a public viewing at 4 p.m. June 18 at Abyssinia Baptist Church in Capitol Heights. Funeral services will then be held at 10 a.m. June 19 at Jericho City of Praise in Landover followed by a burial at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Suitland.

    Vigil Held Outside Slain Trooper's Home

    [DC] Vigil Held Outside Slain Trooper's Home
    Friends and family of slain Maryland State Trooper Wesley Brown gather outside his home for a candlelight vigil.

    Brown was working off-duty at the Applebee's restaurant on Donnell Drive in Forestville. A customer refused to pay and became disorderly, so Brown escorted him out around midnight. Police believe that customer may have come back and shot Brown outside the restaurant about a half-hour later, then fled on foot.

    Police said Brown was wearing a jacket clearly marked with "Police" on the back, and he had his service weapon on him, but he didn't have time to pull it. Police recovered multiple shell casings at the scene.

    Police Release Applebee's Slaying Surveillance Video

    [DC] Police Release Applebee's Slaying Surveillance Video
    A surveillance camera recorded a customer being escorted out of an Applebee's a half-hour before a state trooper was shot there.

    Investigators interviewed more than 50 witnesses who were at the restaurant Thursday night, Prince George's County police Maj. Andy Ellis said. Detectives also reviewed surveillance video from the restaurant and surrounding businesses. Police released surveillance video showing the customer who had to be escorted out of the restaurant.

    Brown, who got engaged about a month ago, grew up Seat Pleasant and went to Crossland High School. He was kicked out of school once for fighting before turning his life around.

    At 21, he started Young Men Enlightening Younger Men to mentor young people in the community. He worked security in part to make money for the group, which he was going to accompany on a trip to New York Friday.

    Members of Mixx Ryders Bike Club sponsored a car wash to benefit Young Men Enlightening Younger Men from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Free State Cycles at 8601 Central Avenue in Capitol Heights.

    Family and friends gathered Friday evening for a candlelight vigil outside his home, where his pickup truck has become a memorial. State police held a midnight vigil for Brown.

    There is a total of $50,000 in rewards being offered for information in this case -- $25,000 from the state and $25,000 from the county. 


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