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Vigil remembers 2 men killed in Moncrief shooting

Loved ones want justice in deaths of Darnell Dues, Dorian Brown

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Loved ones held a vigil Tuesday night for two men killed in a shooting Saturday in Jacksonville's Moncrief area. 

Family and friends gathered to remember the lives of Darnell Dues, 30, and Dorian Brown, 27, and demand justice in their deaths. 

Tuesday would have been Dorian Brown's 28th birthday.

"He wouldn't want us to cry, but at the same time, it hurt's," said Erica Brown, Dorian Brown's sister. "I've been praying." 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the shooting happened about 6:20 p.m. near the intersection of 28th and Stuart streets. Evidence technicians found 40 shell casings in the area.   

Erica Brown said she was walking down the streets when gunfire erupted and when she called 911, she didn't even know that her brother had been shot. 

Both men later died at the hospital.

Erica Brown said her brother was always there to help others, and the night he was shot, she he was trying to stop the bullets from hitting Dues. 

"I turned to the right and I saw him on the ground, not waking up or anything," she said. "We finally just went to praying and he woke up and said, 'I’m all right. Leave me alone, I’m OK.'"

Erica Brown said her brother left behind a wife, three children and a family who loved him.

"It's hard. That's forgiveness," she said. "I forgive y'all, but at the same time, I want y'all all punished. Every last one of you."

She said she wants whoever is responsible for the deaths of her brother and Dues to pay the consequences. 

Anyone with information about the double shooting is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.


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