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 Brenda Sue Brown

Brenda Sue Brown

Sanford, Lee County, North Carolina, USA
Death 27 Jul 1966 (aged 11)
Shelby, Cleveland County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Shelby, Cleveland County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 14795479 · View Source
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Little Brenda Sue was murdered by person or persons unknown after walking her little sister to school one summer morning.

This year (2006) due to the efforts of her two younger sisters, this cold case has been reopened, and Brenda Sue's remains have moved from her original burial site in Harnett County, North Carolina to a site nearer her family in Shelby.

A series of articles, along with photographs, was published recently by "The Shelby Star" and can be viewed at:

This little girl's death changed the lives of all children in our city. Gone were the days we could run into the woods, or out to the city park, or wander downtown, or even down the block to play. Parents didn't want us out of their sights, the buddy system popped up, never again could a child be alone. Such a tragedy for the Brown family, such a tragedy for children everywhere.

Update: An arrest was made, but we still await trial.

Update: The man who allegedly murdered this beautiful child died before ever being brought to trial. Some one suggested that I add his name & the story of the delay of the trial to this memorial. However, this memorial is for Brenda Sue, to celebrate her short, much loved little life. He is not/was not worthy of being mentioned here.

May her family finally find peace.



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  • Created by: Judith Parker-Proctor
  • Added: 2 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14795479
  • Barbara Hammons Davis, Dalt
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Brenda Sue Brown (15 May 1955–27 Jul 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14795479, citing Sunset Cemetery, Shelby, Cleveland County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Judith Parker-Proctor (contributor 46583208) .