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Neighbors Honor Best Buy Shooting Victim By Sprucing Up Pratt Park

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Friends of Best Buy shooting victim Wesley Brown are honoring his memory by finishing a project he started. Friends of Best Buy shooting victim Wesley Brown are honoring his memory by finishing a project he started.
Florence Park Neighborhood Association is adding new life to Pratt Park. Florence Park Neighborhood Association is adding new life to Pratt Park.
"This was one of [Wesley Brown's] favorite parks," Lance Woolsey said. "He and his daughter would come down here and play. " "This was one of [Wesley Brown's] favorite parks," Lance Woolsey said. "He and his daughter would come down here and play. "
Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris announced last week he will not pursue the death penalty against suspected gunman Willie Wise and getaway driver Jeremy Foster. Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris announced last week he will not pursue the death penalty against suspected gunman Willie Wise and getaway driver Jeremy Foster.

Friends of Best Buy shooting victim Wesley Brown are honoring his memory by finishing a project he started.

This comes just days after the Tulsa County District Attorney announced he will not seek the death penalty against the people prosecutors said are responsible for Wesley's death.

Wesley's wife would not comment on the DA's decision, but his friends say there has to be a bigger picture that's yet to be known.

04/25/2013 Related Story: Tulsa County DA: No Death Penalty For Best Buy Shooting Suspects

Florence Park Neighborhood Association is adding new life to Pratt Park.

"We've got some beautiful crepe myrtles going in," project manager Elizabeth Jones said. "We've got a beautiful vitex chaste tree going in. We have pampas grass."

The Neighborhood Association recently received a $2,500 grant from the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

It's something they've worked toward for three years.

Brown was the leading man behind the idea.

In July, he was killed by a stray bullet at a Tulsa Best Buy after a man opened fire in the store parking lot.

Wesley was shopping with his young daughter.

"He was instrumental in giving us the information in the very beginning about this park project, about the grant," Jones said.

Friends said if Brown were here, he would be shoveling, raking and dumping along with everyone else.

"He was a very humble man, so he'd just be out here working side by side with us," Jones said.

It was also a park that meant something to the Brown family.

"[Wesley would] love it," Lance Woolsey of the Florence Park Neighborhood Association said. "This was one of his favorite parks. He and his daughter would come down here and play. They'd make clover daisy chains and everything, so I think he'd be real pleased with it."

7/14/2012: Related Story: Two Men Fatally Shot At Tulsa Best Buy

This project is happening days after learning Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris will not pursue the death penalty against suspected gunman Willie Wise and getaway driver Jeremy Foster.

"I'm assuming they know what they're doing but seems like it would be a good case for it," Woolsey said.

Jones said, "I can't imagine what would constitute a death penalty and if this isn't it, there's got to be a reason for it. There's probably more information out there we just don't know yet."

The suspects now face life without parole or a life sentence.

The DA said his office will review the decision if more evidence becomes available.

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