Parents of slain child Alajawan Brown grieve by giving

More than two years after their youngest child Alajawan was murdered, Louis and Ayanna Brown have made honoring his name a mission. They set up the Alajawan Brown foundation in hopes of collecting as many school supplies as they can, then distributing them to needy children throughout the community.

Alajawan  was 12 when he was killed in 2010. He was  shot by a gang member as he stepped off a bus with a brand new pair of football cleats. He had purchased them with his own money, and was on his way home.

Saturday, his parents gathered outside of the Renton Wal-Mart to collect backpacks, pencils, and more. Their goals are ambitious.

 “A lot of people told us 1,000 backpacks, you're not going to get them, and we're going to prove them wrong,” said Louis Brown.

His parents say Alajawan wanted to make a difference in the community. This is their way of keeping his dream alive. As the day wore on, friends and strangers stepped forward to give.

Alajawan's mom  Ayannahad one word to describe the outpouring of support: “Euphoria,” she said. “Complete euphoria.”

Teresa Hermas, whose daughter when tto school with Alajawan, arrived with a surprise: Pencils in Alajawan’s favorite color, blue. School supplies and dedication at the same time.

“They’re in memory of him,” Hermas said. “So whoever is using this pencil, Alajawan is with you.”

To donate to the Alajawan Brown Foundation, you can go to a U.S. Bank branch and donate to Account # 153563200408.

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