Lexington shooting victim was ‘doing whatever he could’ to improve his life

Timothy Brown Jr.
Timothy Brown Jr.

The fiancée of Lexington’s latest homicide victim said he was a father of five that had made mistakes but was working to change.

Timothy Allen Brown Jr., 23, had five daughters under the age of five and was working to better himself for them, his fiancée Kristina Stevens said.

“He was nice and sweet and caring,” Stevens said. “He would help his friends in any way he could.”

Brown was found shot in a car at McDonald’s at Russell Cave and New Circle roads Tuesday night. He died from multiple gunshot wounds about 10 minutes later.

In a news conference Wednesday about four recent homicides, Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard said Brown was meeting with someone he knew when he was killed. He wouldn’t say if Brown had been shot in the restaurant parking lot or another location.

An arrest is expected soon, Barnard said.

In 2014, Brown was convicted on a misdemeanor assault charge after a fight with Stevens. Stevens said the situation was “just a fight that got way out of hand.”

“We did get into a fight and I think he did deserve to go to jail to learn about what he’d done,” Stevens said. “But I was never scared of him and we never broke up.”

Though he was sentenced in October 2014 to a year in jail after the assault conviction, Brown was on probation when he failed a drug test and was incarcerated for an additional 60 days in November 2015.

“He’s made mistakes,” Stevens said. “But everybody does.”

Stevens said Brown was going to classes three times a week for people working to get off of drugs and on the right path.

He really enjoyed the classes and would talk about how much he’d learned, Stevens said.

“He was doing whatever he could to make sure the kids and his family were taken care of,” she said.

He also loved basketball and drawing, Stevens said, and was using both to help him grow and learn.

Stevens and Brown got engaged shortly after moving in together in August 2015. Brown’s daughters were from a previous relationship, but Stevens said she, Brown and the girls’ mother got along and worked together to care for them. If their friends ever had a problem, Stevens said Brown would always help and give them a place to stay.