Monday, February 4, 2008


Neighbors and friends of the Browning family gather at the Brownings' home in the 10900 block of Powers Ave. in Cockeysville. (Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam / February 3, 2008)

Vigil pays tribute to family
About 100 gather to remember four found shot in Cockeysville home

By Brent Jones and Tom Pelton Sun reporters
February 4, 2008

They told stories about the Browning family for an hour last night, the most colorful of which involved Greg Browning's attempts to play soccer.

Instead of scoring goals, the rambunctious 13-year-old made his classmates laugh, and the dozens who showed up on the steps of the family's Cockeysville home for a vigil continued to do so as they remembered his antics."

He was just so funny," said Gabe Ford, 13, to the chuckles of his classmates. "We would play soccer, and the kid would never run straight. He was just great. He didn't deserve to die."

Yesterday morning, Baltimore County police charged Nicholas W. Browning, 15, with first-degree murder in the deaths of Greg, brother Benjamin, 11, and parents John and Tamara.

Nicholas Browning was arrested about 1 a.m. after confessing, police said.

About 100 people came to the vigil, the majority of whom were classmates of Greg, the middle son. On a darkened street lit only by candles and television equipment, kids stood teary-eyed. Some sobbed, a few others wailed. All described Greg and the Brownings as good people.

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