• Mother of murdered teen speaks out

    By: Zach Crenshaw

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    MEMPHIS, TN - One week after her teenage son was murdered a mother said she is ready to forgive the alleged killer.

    Memphis police said Tuesday that a 16-year old girl was charged with first degree murder in the death of Deago Brown.


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    Deago was shot and killed outside a small Binghampton grocery store.

    Carol Brown was on her porch when she got the news that he son had been killed.

    "I didn't believe it, I didn't want to believe it," said Brown.

    "He said, 'Mama I'm sorry I got some bad news.' He said they just killed Deago."

    The mother rushed to the scene to see her 17-year old.

    "She shot him straight to the head so it wasn't no accident, she wanted to kill my son. And it really broke my hear," said Brown.

    Police believe Teryona Winton, 16, pulled the trigger.

    Memphis police do not have her in custody as of Tuesday night, but a warrant is out for her arrest.

    "I really want her to turn herself in because that's the right thing to do," said Brown."

    Make no mistake, Carol wants justice for her son, but she is also a woman of incredible faith. 

    "I'm ready to forgive that person, because my faith in Jesus. I want to forgive her."

    She said it what’s Deago would have wanted.

    After all, he accepted Christ the day before he was killed.

    "He was just so excited that day," said Brown.

    Outside her home, purples ribbons and candlewax remind Carol of the vigil and the heartbreak.

    She still thinks of her final conversation with her son.

    "He called my phone and he said, 'Sorry I accidentally dialed your number by mistake.' I said OK, and he said 'I love you mama,' and I said 'I love you too.' And that's the last word I heard from him."

    As for Carol's words for the 16-year suspect.."I would tell her Jesus loves you so much," said Brown. "And I want to forgive you."

    Memphis police are still hoping witnesses come forward.

    If you know anything about the whereabouts of Teryona Winton, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 528-CASH.

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