Ribbons for innocent victim in Best Buy shooting


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Updated: 7/20/2012 6:43 pm Published: 7/17/2012 10:38 pm


A Tulsa neighborhood standing up against violence is prompted to take action because of the gang-related shooting at the Midtown Best Buy on Saturday.

Graydon Wesley Brown, who most people called Wes, died after he was hit by a stray bullet in a shooting just outside the Best Buy on Skelly Drive.

Mr. Brown was active in the Florence Park Neighborhood. His neighbors said he helped them and they want to help protect others.

Teal ribbons line the Florence Park fence near 21st and Harvard. Teal was Brown’s favorite color.

The Crime Commission also opened its doors to help make the ribbons and so did the neighborhood president.

"That is the last of over 200 yards," said Lance Woolsey.  He’s the Florence Park Neighborhood Association President.

"It's time to start doing something,” said Woolsey.

His beloved neighbor worked to protect and build relationships.

Brown was gunned down by an errant bullet while shopping with his 10-year-old daughter.

The shooting was motivated by gangs that went beyond their neighborhood. It went into the public, in the middle of the day, in the Midtown Best Buy parking lot.

"Enough is enough, said Woolsey.

You’ll find ribbons tied to stop signs, some wrapped around trees and pinned on neighbors' shirts. The support is coming from outside Florence Park.

"In midtown we are all in unison,” said Kathryn Lyons.

She is the Alert Neighbor Captain in Lakewood Heights near 31st and S. Lewis.

"We all need to stand in unison for the crime issue,” said Lyons.

She is helping spread the word on the Tulsa Midtown Alert Neighbor Facebook Page.

"I think it's to make a stand for crime. We are not with you but we are against you,” said Lyons.

It’s the unity that’s tying together a small community against a larger problem.

"Maybe something little and good can come out of this and start to mean as much. His death is what his life meant,” said Woolsey.

Brown’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 1 pm at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church.

Instead of flowers for the Brown family, they have set up an education fund for Brown’s daughter. Donations can be made at any BOK branch.

Best Buy reopened its doors Tuesday morning at 9:20 am. All the signs of the shooting were gone.

Grief counselors were available for employees and they will be compensated for the time off during the store closing.

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