Family member of Samuel Brown says he was ‘loving, caring’

Family member of Samuel Brown says he was ‘loving, caring’

Sister of 20-year-old Samuel Brown, Rebekah Gillespie, says her brother's death was "a tragic accident, and investigators believe there was no criminal intent."

According to Rusk County Sheriff's Office Sgt. David Roberts, at 11:55 p.m. on Saturday, Brown entered a residence in Henderson on County Road 102, off Highway 259 N. towards Kilgore, without permission from the homeowner.

Gillespie explains her brother had been drinking while hanging out at a friend's house, but left the property to "blow off some steam" after becoming irritable.

When Brown attempted to return to his friend's house, he mistook the neighbor's house for his friend's and walked through the unlocked backdoor of the neighbor's home, according to Gillespie.

In a press release by the Sheriff's office, authorities were told Brown failed to stop when advised to do so, by the resident, a 51-year-old man.

Gillespie says Brown didn't listen, so the home owner made one shot.

Authorities say the homeowner shot Brown in the chest, and later was pronounced dead by Justice of Peace Risinger.

"It was an honest mistake," Gillespie says. "We have peace knowing Samuel had no intent of trespassing or breaking-in."

Brown was pursuing a certification in auto mechanics at Kilgore College. He graduated from Pine Tree High School in 2015 and was involved in cross country.

He was the youngest of four children and member of Longview Comic Book club.

Gillespie describes him as a loving and caring, especially to his nieces and nephews.

"My children absolutely adored 'Uncle Sam.'"

An autopsy has been ordered.

The case is under investigation and will be presented to a Rusk County Grand July.

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