Word spread rapidly from Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum to friends on social media around the country Monday when it was learned Antonio Davon Brown was among the 49 people killed Sunday morning during a massacre inside an Orlando nightclub.
Brown, a native of Cocoa Beach, graduated from FAMU in 2008 with a degree in criminal justice. He also earned a commission as a second lieutenant, having completed Army ROTC studies at FAMU.
“Our hearts go out to all of the families of those affected in the tragic shooting that took place in Orlando on Sunday morning,” FAMU President Elmira Mangum said in a statement. “The horrendous incident happened not far from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Law School in downtown Orlando.
“We are especially saddened by the news that one of the victims was part of the FAMU family,” she said of Brown. “He graduated from FAMU in 2008 and is being remembered fondly by classmates and fellow alumni on social media.”
Mangum said the university will provide an update plans for a memorial or service of remembrance for Brown.
“In the meantime, the Florida A&M University community stands with the entire Orlando community in the wake of tragedy,” she said. “Our thoughts, and prayers for peace are with everyone in central Florida and across this nation.”
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