EXCLUSIVE: Family of Boone County Man Murdered Speaks Out

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The family of a Boone County man murdered this month is hoping to find justice and peace for their brother. The family of Jonathan Brown, 28, spoke exclusively to Channel 13 about their loss.  

“I feel like I’m dying inside,” said Courtney Brown. “It feels like someone has ripped my heart out and shredded it into a million little pieces.” 

Courtney’s brother, Johnny, was murdered last week in what Boone County officials describe as an “unprovoked and senseless” act of violence. 

Chief Deputy Chad Barker said in a statement, “This is a senseless act of violence that appears to be unprovoked.  We have spent the last several days working to bring Goodwin to justice and hold him accountable for taking this young man’s life.”

Brown said her brother, who was diagnosed with autism as a child, knew the man who beat him. 

“I was told there was some kind of argument. My brother went to walk away and the man struck him with a large metal pipe in the head multiple times,” recalled Brown. “He knew my brother had a mental disorder, he knew my brother had the mind of a child.” 

The family now hopes to find peace and justice for Johnny.

“Johnny would want us to find justice but he’d probably forgive the man who did this,” Courtney Brown told 13 News. 

“But if I can be completely honest with you I’m not sure there will ever be enough justice. He’s gone and I cant bring him back that’s the part that kills me because if I could, I would.”

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