Former New England Patriots defensive back Sergio Brown has been arrested in connection with the death of his mother, according to Josh Campbell and Eric Levenson of CNN.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 11, 2023
Brown's mother, Myrtle Brown, was found dead Sept. 16 in Maywood, Illinois, in a creek behind her house.
Authorities are searching for a former NFL player after his 73-year-old mother?s body was found near a creek behind her suburban Chicago home. https://t.co/gbf8kSvTcM
— ABC News (@ABC) September 18, 2023
She was 73 years old.
"Myrtle was a beautiful, loving, and inspirational soul that made everyone around her feel like they mattered," the Brown family said in a statement last week. "With her contagious smile and personality, our loss of Myrtle has left an indescribable void not only in our lives, but in our communities."
According to law enforcement and as we saw in the aftermath of the discovery of her body, Sergio Brown, 35, traveled to Mexico. On Tuesday, Mexico deported Brown back to the United States, and he was apprehended in San Diego.
After her body was found, the medical examiner ruled her death a homicide.
In the wake of her disappearance, her sister and Sergio's aunt, Sheila Simmons, said nothing had seemed "out of order." Sergio's brother, Nick Brown, took to Facebook saying, "I want him to know that I love you and please come home," according to the Chicago Tribune.
Later that day, he went on Instagram.
"My brother Sergio is still missing," Nick Brown wrote. "If anyone knows where he is, I want him to know that I love you, and please come home."
In addition to family members, those in her community also commented on the matter.
"Myrtle, she was an outstanding woman, and I'm hoping she's in the right place and she's with God," said Carlos Cortez, Myrtle Brown's next-door neighbor. "I never would've expected this in a million years."
Brown played college football at Notre Dame, going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft. He signed with the Patriots, playing there for two seasons. He then played for the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills. He hasn't been in the NFL since 2016, when he was 28 years old.
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