1. Mike graduated from Normandy High School in St. Louis, on Aug. 1. He attended classes during the summer as part of an alternative learning program to gain his final credits needed for school.
2. A close friend of Mike’s said that he was always focused on his goals according to the St. Louis Dispatch. “Everyone else wanted to be a football player, a basketball player. He wanted to own his own business. He’d say, ‘Let’s make something out of nothing,’” said Gerard Fuller, who met Brown in the second grade.
3. Just two days before he was supposed to begin classes at Vatterott College in St. Joseph, Missouri, Mike was murdered. He planned to attend Vatterott College, a technical school to learn how to repair air conditioners and furnaces.
4. Mike had two little sisters and a brother. He was raised by his father, Mike Brown Sr., and mother, Leslie McSpadden. Brown’s family said they called him “Big Mike.”
5. Mike’s uncle Charles Ewing described Brown as a “gentle giant,” according to The Post. Hisfamily says he was an outgoing person who enjoyed spending time with his family and making others laugh. But they say he also had a shy side.
6. A true lover of hip hop, Mike was a big fan of Kendrick Lamar following his career from the beginning. His favorite group was Migos. And within the past year, he began producing rap songswith friends.
7. Mike often took to Facebook to share inspirational messages to his friends and family. “Everything happen for a reason,” he posted to Facebook the night before he was shot. “Just start putting 2 n 2 together. You’ll see it.”
8. Mike often took to Facebook to share inspirational messages to his friends and family. “Everything happen for a reason,” he posted to Facebook the night before he was shot. “Just start putting 2 n 2 together. You’ll see it.”
9. Mike truly loved and appreciate his family. He was very close to his family and had a special bond with his Uncle Charles who often gave him advice on being a young black man in society.
10. Mike’s parents and neighbors described him as a good-hearted kid with an easy smile who certainly wouldn’t have condoned the violence. “He was funny, silly, he would make you laugh,” his father said, and when there was “any problem going on, any situation, there wasn’t nothing that he couldn’t solve. He could bring people back together.”
11. Mike’s cousin Anthony Livingston shared that Mike was going through a transformation in his life and attempting to step out of his shyness. “He was quiet. He didn’t have too many friends,” says Livingston, who used to live right next door to Harris and Brown. “He used to tell me, ‘Man, you’re my only real homeboy.’”
12. His uncle Pastor Ewing shared that Mike was making many changes in his life to better himself. “Just two weeks ago, he received the Lord Jesus as his savior.”
13. Mike didn’t rap about most common topics. He spoke about wanting to get out. He wrote, ‘I just want to be one who make it out of the hood; you know what I’m saying. Come back help my people.’