Dannielle Brown:
March 11, 1971-Justice

Photos by Ed Thompson

On July 3, 2020, Dannielle Brown came to Pittsburgh on a mission. She would launch a hunger strike until someone at Duquense University found out what happened to her son on October 4, 2018. That’s the night her son went out a Brottier Hall dorm room window and plummeted 16 floors to his death.  

On Thursday Aug. 6, 2020, friends and supporters held a funeral service in her memory.  She’s not dead, in fact she gave her own eulogy. But she wanted to make it painstakingly clear how far she was willing to go to find out  what happened to her son, Jaylen Brown.

Two weeks ago, Duquense agreed to have an independent investigation conducted into the matter. Promising something, however, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to happen. That’s why Brown is still here. Still on a hunger strike. Still waiting for answers and making sure the investigation is done with interference.

Thursday’s funeral started with a funeral procession from Freedom Corner in the Hill District, to the spot of a mural painted in Jaylen’s honor and on to Duquesne University. Pittsburgh Current Contributing Photojournalist Ed Thompson captured the scene and emotion of the event through the lens of his camera.