Lisa Renee Brown, 28, computer systems analyst

March 03, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Services for Lisa Renee Brown, a computer systems analyst and a fashion and sports fan, will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at New Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1501 McCulloh St.

Mrs. Brown, 28, of Baltimore was found fatally shot Thursday in an apparent homicide in the Park Heights area.

The family had to find a larger church for the services after hundreds of people contacted them, said her father, the Rev. Milton E. Williams, pastor of the New Life Evangelical Baptist Church in East Baltimore.

Mr. Williams said the family does not want to focus on the circumstances of her death but on the comfort and support they have received. Hundreds of calls, cards and gifts have been received from people all over the city, the state and beyond, including the governor, members of Congress, co-workers and friends.

"God is good," Mr. Williams said, "and has demonstrated such an outpouring of love and compassion and concern for what Mrs. Williams and I are experiencing, it's overwhelming. Rather than focusing on grieving for our daughter, we've been focusing on that love and care and concern that's been pouring forth from Baltimore and Maryland and states beyond."

Mrs. Brown was born in Baltimore and attended Arlington Baptist Christian School from kindergarten through 11th grade. She spent her senior year at Woodlawn High School, where she graduated.

An athlete and sports enthusiast, she played basketball and volleyball, and later avidly followed basketball and boxing.

After graduating from high school, she went to work as a pharmaceutical technician at Park West Medical Center, and became interested in computers, Mr. Williams said. About seven years ago, she joined Sylvan Learning Systems Inc. as a systems analyst and trainer, later working at a spinoff company, Prometric Inc. in Woodlawn.

"She enjoyed her work immensely," Mr. Williams said. "She got to talk to so many people. She really seemed to have that knack for making connections and communicating with people."

Her main interest was fashion, her parents said. "Lisa was a trend-setter," Mr. Williams said. "Fashion, hair design, makeup: She had always been a trend-setter from the time she was a little girl."

In addition to her father, Mrs. Brown's survivors, all of the Baltimore area, include her mother, Myrtle R. Williams; her husband, Joschoney Brown, to whom she was married for seven years; daughters Shalai and Joschonei; son Damian; a brother, Eric Dwayne Williams; and grandparents Linwood and Magdalene Chester and Albert and Catherine Williams. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins in Baltimore and Washington.

A fund is being established by her co-workers on behalf of her three children.

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