Atmore family relieved after 16-year-old suspect arrested in shooting death of young father

ATMORE, Alabama (WKRG) – Members of an Atmore family say they are ready for what could be a long road to justice. This week, Prichard police arrested a 16-year-old for allegedly killing a young father in the parking lot of a popular restaurant in September. For La’Craig Brown’s family, the text message they received from a Prichard police detective on Friday afternoon announcing the arrest – finally brought them some relief.

“Praising God, I couldn’t believe it,” said the victim’s mother, Kia Brown. Although the recent arrest does not bring their son back, family members say it is at least a little closer to justice.

“It will give us some kind of peace,” Brown said. The months since the shooting that claimed Brown’s life in the parking lot of Fry Daddy’s in September have been anything but peaceful.

“It hurts, it hurts to see your mother like this, and dad, it’s like a piece has been taken away from us,” the victim’s great aunt, Brettschneider Staples, said in describing the heartache of the family. It’s a pain shared by many in Atmore who miss La’Craig Brown.

The case, shrouded in a certain level of secrecy. While a warrant for the murder of a 16-year-old had been out for weeks, police were not allowed to release the name publicly due to a recently enacted law designed to protect the privacy of underage suspects. regardless of the alleged crime. Kia Brown fears the law will lengthen their wait for justice and wants it to change.

“They couldn’t say his name on the news, I didn’t know if he was in town or running, I thought it was going to be a long trip,” Brown said.

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