CREATED Mar. 25, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A song and a prayer for 15-year-old Robert Brown Junior who friends call an amazing person with a smile to brighten anyone's day.
"He was my best friend and he was never sad," Sonya Genier said. "You always saw him with a smile and he loved to have fun."
But that love of fun with his friends may have cost the teen his life. Brown was killed when the car he was riding in smashed into a metal pole. The driver was high and drunk, according to police.
"He was my only son and I just can't understand it," the teen's father, Robert Brown Sr., said. "God has a purpose for everybody and I'm going to miss him dearly."
Robert's friends packed the funeral service at Trinity Life Center telling stories about the teen. But the service gave his family a greater purpose - a chance to remind kids to be smart and responsible if they're going to drink.
"We wanted a lot of his friends to get involved so they can see this first hand," Brown's older brother, Jesse Conejo, said. "We want to let them know this can happen to anyone."
Friends said they wish they could have stopped Brown from getting in the car that night, before he made a fatal mistake.
"If you're with someone who is drinking don't get in the car with them," Genier said. "It's not worth losing your life."
The driver, Arturo Castillo, was a friend of Brown's and has been charged with his death.