Stewart said she is concerned that someone with information might be scared or want to stay out of it. Stewart said she hopes that person finds the courage to step up.
“It’s not fair for someone to die in cold blood like that and not get justice,” she said. “I hope that people take it like it might have been them and just come forward and do the right thing and say something.”
Stewart remembered Brown as a loving grandfather who always made people laugh. She said he owned a toy booth at Traders World Flea Market and would run the booth with her son, his great-grandson.
“He was always a very active grandfather, he was very active in my life. He was always there for me and a big family man. The bonds that he built with us was the most memorable. He was always playing with you, making you laugh,” Stewart said.
Brown did not have enemies, she said, but also stood up for himself. The family has been theorizing what took place before the shooting and the possibility of him getting in a confrontation with someone.
“My grandmother is convinced that something happened wherever he was before he got on the highway,” Stewart said. “Someone might have said something and he might have said something back because my pawpaw would defend himself. If somebody said something being a smart aleck or anything, he would say something back -- he wasn’t a pushover, he was able to defend himself. So if there was some sort of altercation to piss someone off enough to follow him and kill him that way, my grandmother is convinced that it had to be someone like that and not someone who tracked him down and killed him.”