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Justin Sterling Brown came into this world on March 31, 1982, the firstborn of James D. Brown Jr. and Joyce (Moss) Brown Barnes. This beautiful soul left this world in a tragic act of violence at the age of 25. During his life, he was an excellent student in the Baltimore, Washington DC, and Montgomery County, Maryland public school systems. He graduated from MaGruder High School in 2000, and then moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Justin transferred from Georgia Tech to Southern Polytechnic University, from which he was due to graduate in December 2007.

Justin had many interests. He loved music, dancing, and--in his own words--he loved to "hang out, be out, stand out, show out." Most of all, Justin loved and valued his relationships with family and friends: family whom he enjoyed spending time with as friends, friends whom he soon adopted as family. He was truly a great, big-hearted, kind, positive person who loved and lived his life with exuberance and graciousness.

Justin will be missed, but he leaves his father and mother, his sisters Pilar Brown and Tiffany Keaton, his brothers Javier Brown and Malik Williams, his stepfather David Barnes, his grandfather, James D. Brown Sr., his grandmothers Frances Moss Moore and Gloria Johnston, and aunts, uncles, cousins, great-grandmothers, his nephews and niece, and his wonderful friends to remember and celebrate his life. His spirit lives on in the positive influence he had on all who knew him.