Shock Trauma worker remembered by family, colleagues at funeral service

Brandon Finney, 25, used as 'human shield' during gang-related shooting, police say

  • Funeral service for Brandon Finney at Vaughn Greene Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Brandon Finney at Vaughn Greene Funeral… (Kim Hairston / Baltimore…)
September 30, 2014|By Jessica Anderson | The Baltimore Sun

Brandon Finney worked at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for only a few months, but he had quickly earned a reputation as hardworking and motivated.

His hospital colleagues came Tuesday — some in pink scrubs— along with other mourners to the chapel at the Vaughn C. Greene Funeral home in Randallstown to pay their respects to the young father. Finney died last week after he was fatally shot on his way home from work as he waited at a Saratoga Street bus stop.

Police said Finney was an innocent bystander who was used as a human shield amid a gang fight between the rival Black Guerrilla Family and the Bloods. A second man also died in the gunfire. Police have arrested and charged two men in the killings.

Finney's colleagues described him as driven, someone who would always offer to help even when he wasn't asked.

"He would always say 'I got it.' He always jumped in," said John Berry, a surgical technician, who worked with Finney.

His family too described him as eager to make a life for his fiancee and their young son, Braylin.

Finney's family said he was living at home to save money and planned to purchase his first car — a Chevrolet Camaro — the week he was killed. He had worked a series of odd jobs to make ends meet before coming to Shock Trauma.

"He was turning into an amazing young man," said Finney's sister, Tiara.

She said he set an example for others, including herself. "His outlook on life was just optimistic."

She described to the chapel how she had trouble finding a job and became discouraged after filing each application that led to another dead end. But she said her brother wouldn't let her give up on the job search. He'd come and pull her out of bed, and together they would drive around the area filling out more applications.

"He was a nuisance," she said with a laugh. But he remained "supportive and positive."

Finney's eldest brother, Lionel, described his brother as a caring father, and recalled a moment Finney shared with his young son. They were hanging out at home, when Braylin gave his father a big hug and a kiss. "He didn't do that for no one else," he said of the little boy.

The family included half a dozen photos in the program of Finney and his son. In one, he's smiling behind the wheel of a parked car while the toddler sits in his lap and grasps the steering wheel.

"He loved his family. He would do anything for us," Tiara Finney said.

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