A native of Cocoa Beach –sixty miles east of Orlando- and an ROTC graduate of Florida A&M University has been reported as one of the forty nine killed during the deadly shooting at an Orlando nightclub.
U.S. Army Captain Antonio Davon Brown graduated from Florida A&M in 2008, receiving a commission as a second lieutenant, according to the Army Times.
According to statements made by a friend on social media, the Army Reserve captain served in Iraq and Afghanistan but this information has not been confirmed by the Army.
Florida A&M President Elmirea Mangum said, “Our hearts go out to all of the families of those affected in the tragic shooting that took place in Orlando on Sunday morning,” in a statement.
“We are especially saddened by the news that one of the victims was part of the FAMU family,” she said referring to Brown. “He graduated from FAMU in 2008 and is being remembered fondly by classmates and fellow alumni on social media.”
Lt. Col, Gregory Clark, president of the FAMU National Alumni Association said, “The Florida A&M University Alumni Family is truly saddened to learn of the tragic shooting in Orlando that has claimed the lives of so many innocent victims; including one of our own,” he wrote. “Their hopes and dreams have been lost because of a senseless act of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of alumnus Antonio Brown and the grief-stricken families of those who are struggling now to cope with the overwhelming loss of their loved ones. We are all in a state of disbelief.”
Statements from Brown’s friends made on social media can be seen at Army Times.
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