By Alex Fees and Ryan Dean
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Today a visitation is being held for Vashon graduate, Jerry Brown, Jr. The Dallas Cowboy practice team member was killed in a car crash last Saturday in Irving, Texas. His teammate and best friend, Josh Brent, is accused of driving drunk. Brent faces Intoxication Manslaughter.
At a candlelight vigil on Thursday, Brown's mother Stacey Jackson, said she has been in contact with Brent.
"I talked to Josh today before we came to the vigil," said Jackson. "And I just told him keep his head up, we're praying for him. And I still love him; he can call me at 4:00 in the morning; he can call me at 12:00 crying. I don't care. Because Jerry loved him like a brother. He did not mean to hurt my son."
About three dozen people attended the candlelight vigil. Posters featured Brown's football photos with the Dallas Cowboys, his college career at University of Illinois, and of course his days as a Vashon Wolverine.
Jackson was asked about the turn out.
"I believe in God," she said. "And this is showing us that you don't have to do a lot of things or have a lot of money to touch a lot of people."
The Dallas Morning News is reporting that a police source familiar with the investigation says Brent's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. Jackson characterized the crash that killed her son as an accident.
"Josh is just like one of my sons," said Jackson. "It was an accident. We all were young once; we've all done something stupid, we've all regretted what we've done but we're here to live an see another day. Jerry's accident was God's way to tell us it was time for his servant to come home. And then Josh to get from this he needs to go out and teach other people and reach other players and let them know never be ashamed to call and ask for a ride. Never be embarrassed because that's what that service is there for. And then reach out and touch other people let them know drinking and driving don't go together."
Brown's wake will take place today from 6p.m. until 8 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church at 3040 Hickory St. in St. Louis.
His memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church; 915 North Taylor Avenue; St. Louis, MO 63108.
Burial will take place at St. Peters Cemetery. Brown's family members say they will hold a repast following the burial at Vashon, from 2p.m. until 4 p.m. at 3035 Cass Avenue.