It’s been nearly a week and a half since 18-year-old Dre’yon “Biggs” Browley lost his life to gun violence. Service for the football star were held at Ramp International Church of Apostolic Faith in Lynchburg, Virginia. Crowds filled the pews, while people close to him remembered a young man who was fun to be around and brought so much joy.
“God sent me a little angel number 13 to remind me how to lead. How to love no matter what the struggle. No matter what the day brings now matter whether you win or lose tell somebody you love them. That’s what Biggs would do,” says Lynchburg City School Superintendent Dr. Crystal Edwards.
Everyone from his teammates to his friends honored the slain E.C. Glass senior by shirts with his face on the front to show their support. Others shared memories of their brother, nephew, and friend.
“It didn’t matter what you looked like. It didn’t matter if he could see you or not he would always show love to you. That’s who Biggs was and that’s who Biggs is,” explains Browley’s Uncle Shaquille Cook.
Songs were sung in his honor, and although it was a funeral. It became a celebration of Browley’s life.
“Biggs was operating on his relationship with god. On that Sunday we didn’t know but Biggs was ready for what he had to face,” states Pastor Byron J. Elliott of Rivermont Baptist Church.
But for some Browley’s passing has served a greater purpose.
“Next week he was scheduled to walk the graduation stage and receive his high school diploma but god had better plans. He walked the stage of eternal life. Instead of receiving a degree he received a crown from Jesus,” explains Cook.
In the end this moment in time wasn’t about a life that was lost, but one that lived.