VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — A public rally in memory of Detective Jeremy Brown brought about 100 people by 6 p.m. to the Living Hope Church in Vancouver.
Brown, 46, was shot to death in the line of duty July 23 while doing surveillance in his unmarked SUV. Three people have been arrested in connection with his killing.
This Back the Blue Rally was organized by Jake Beals, a tow truck driver who said Brown always had his back whenever he was called to a crime scene to tow a vehicle. He said Brown always had a quick joke ready and his big laugh was infectious.
“We need to let them know that we’re here, we got their backs, they have ours, we got theirs,” Beals said.
Around 75 vehicles took part in a “Ride for the Blue” that ended in front of the Clark County Courthouse. Local businesses donated gift cards that were part of a raffle to raise money for the Brown family. A final tally has not yet been completed.
Beals said he decided to organize the rally when fellow tow truck operators reached out to him on Monday.
“They were, like, ‘We need to do something,'” he said.
Dozens of people gathered in the parking lot of the church to honor Sgt. Brown and show their support for all law enforcement. The gathering made Rey Reynolds, who’s worked in law enforcement for more than 3 decades, proud to live in this community.
“This is Clark County. Do you see this, you see all these people? Do you see the kindness in their eyes? Do you see that they came here to support our police?” Reynolds said. “This is the real Clark County.”
Beals said his heart sank when he heard about the shooting.
“I didn’t know who it was but as soon as we heard it was a deputy and in my neighborhood, close to it anyway, my heart sunk,” he told KOIN 6 News. “The community’s grieving and this is something we’re doing to try and bring everybody together and realize hey they need us too, supporting law enforcement.”
Memorial plans announced
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office announced the memorial service for Sgt. Brown will be Tuesday, August 3, beginning at 1 p.m. at the ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield. The memorial is open to the public.
The official site for donations in memory of Jeremy Brown was set up by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Residents can donate at any branch of IQ Credit Union, or mail a check to:
IQ Credit Union
Clark County Sheriff’s Office Brown Family Memorial Fund
1313 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
Details of the incident
Around 6:52 p.m. Friday, Brown was inside his car doing surveillance at the Pointe Apartments on NE 109th in east Vancouver, authorities said. Gunshots were heard and apartment complex residents around that time saw Brown had been shot in the chest while sitting in his vehicle.
Brown was rushed to PeaceHealth Southwest for emergency treatment but died from his injuries.
Three people were later arrested in connection with the shooting. Abran Raya-Leon, 28, and 35-year-old Misty M. Raya, were arrested in the early hours of Saturday after an extensive search. The third suspect, Guillermo O. Raya was arrested Sunday in Salem by the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Northwest Violent Offender task force and the Salem Police Department.