ORLANDO, Fla. - Beneath the glass of Antonio Brown’s dining room table sits a picture of the proud moment when he graduated from Florida Agricultural Mechanical University.
It’s one of the many moments Rosetta Evans recalled about her 30-year-old son as she sat in the Altamonte Springs apartment he called home.
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“Right now, what’s going through my mind is that I’m still in shock,” said Evans. “I still don’t believe it. Even sitting here in his apartment, it’s unbelievable.”
Evens flew from Oklahoma after learning Brown was one of 49 people killed inside Pulse nightclub when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire.
It was the Monday morning phone call she won’t forget.
“That was the worst day of my life,” Evans said.
Amid the grief, she’s busy making funeral arrangements for a man being remembered by friends and family as the person who could make anyone in the room laugh.
“Every now and then, I think of the fun memories and how crazy, humorous Tony was,” she said. “And when I get quiet and have nothing to think about, it keeps coming to my mind and it just hurts.”
And in the midst of the hurt, she has a simple yet complicated question.
“Why? Why? It was senseless. Just why?,” she asked.
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