Skyway boy's legacy lives on through generous donations

RENTON, Wash. - The family of a 12-year-old Skyway boy who shot and killed in gang crossfire is putting his legacy into action.

Alajawan Brown's parents helped local students by collecting school supplies on Saturday. They see it his legacy in action.

This is a real chance for Alajawan to make a difference in his community," says the boy's mother, Ayanna Brown.

Alajawan was shot in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store on April 29, 2010, by a gang member who confused him with somebody else.

But Alajawan's legacy lives on through the Alajawan Brown Foundation.

"Trying to make a budget stretch between four kids with clothes and supplies - we've been there, done that," says Ayanna Brown.
Alajawan Brown

Now the Browns are easing the burden for local families. They're collecting supplies to fill hundreds of backpacks for local students.

Their goal is a minimum of 100 backpacks.

Alajawan's father, Louis Brown, says he asked his wife, "You don't think that's too many? 'Too many?' she said. 'I don't think that's enough.'"

And so the community chips in. Help comes in from people they know - and people they don't.

"I lost my son 13 years ago, and I was always thirsty. I'm so sorry for your pain," says one donor.

The Browns will hold another supply donation drive on Aug. 3 at the Wal-Mart store on Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Renton.