Candlelight vigil held for victim of Oct. 29 Piggly Wiggly shooting

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Lowcountry leaders family and friends gathered to remember the life of 19-year-old Zarion “CJ” Brown who was shot and killed while working at a grocery store.

The North Charleston Police Department (NCPD) met with the community in his honor releasing balloons and held a candle light vigil to bring peace to his loved ones.

“CJ was like a big brother to me and I was his little brother,” says one cousin of Brown’s.

Brown was working at the Piggly Wiggly on October 29th on Rivers Avenue when he was killed. Family members say Brown was no threat to anyone and went to work that day just to do his job.

Family, friends and NCPD filled with parking lot with black and yellow in honor of Brown’s favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Local activists say Brown’s death is a sign of a bigger issue in the community.

“Obviously there’s something missing in our minority community. Genuine love is missing,” says Donnimechia Singleton, Founder and CEO of Guns Down Chucktown.

NCPD Chief Reggie Burgess says Brown is one of dozens who have died from gun violence, since he became chief.

“We want people to remember who he was, what he meant to his family, and to this community because people that visit this Piggly Wiggly remember him,” Chief Burgess says.

Chief Burgess says stricter laws need to be put in place for justice to be served for families like Brown’s and for others who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

“This guy came to this shopping center, walked out his car with a weapon that was illegal, and killed an innocent person. We got to be harder on these people that do not have concealed weapons permits,” says Chief Burgess.

NCPD arrested 34 year old Jerrold Cooper Jr. and he’s charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

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