This tragedy literally shook me to the core of my being. Marva Braithwaite’s generosity towards a troubled teenage cousin ended in the death of her own daughter. Tiana Browne, described by the NY Daily News as a chronic runaway brutally stabbed her cousin 16-year old honor student Shannon Braithwaite and was remorseless, according to the police. Tiana Brown, 15, stabbed her cousin 29 times and slashed her throat inside the Crown Heights apartment of Ms. Braithwaite. She had taken the child in two days earlier.
“She had some issues, but I didn’t think killing people was one of them,” Marva Braithwaite told the Daily News on Wednesday. “She killed a beautiful girl, my daughter. I don’t ever want Browne to see daylight again.”
According to the NY Daily News, Browne was calm and unrepentant when she was arrested carrying a cell phone, camera and MP3 player belonging to the victim. A police source said that she even swiped the sneakers off Shannon’s feet as the dying teen’s blood spilled on the floor of the apartment foyer. What an animal. According to media reports, she acted as if she hadn’t just killed someone. Like nothing happened.
The horrified mother, who had left the teens alone in the apartment, returned to find her quiet church-going daughter lying in a pool of blood on Tuesday afternoon. Browne moved in Sunday night with the Braithwaites after running away from home for a second time in 14 months, authorities said.
“Tiana’s mother said she couldn’t control her, and asked the victim’s mother if she could help straighten her out,” the police source said. “So this poor woman takes Tiana into her home – and this is what happened.” This child did not have to die at the hands of this scumbag. Good Lord, what went wrong with this kid for her to harbor such violent intentions, which actual led the murder of this promising teenager. The victim was a member of the Knicks City Kids dance team. An ‘A’ student, she was a sophomore at Vanguard High School in Manhattan and spent the summer working at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. She was clearly on a mission to make something of herself. Marva Braithwaite walked into the carnage after a trip to the bank to cash Shannon’s final paycheck. No parent should have to go through this and I hope this kid will be locked away from decent, law-abiding people for the rest of her life. What a travesty! I cannot believe that no-one heard any screams coming from this apartment when this beautiful young girl was fighting for her life.