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Vigil held for brothers injured in hit-and-run

Apollo Brown Jr., Kelv-ron Florence struck by vehicle in Dania Beach while walking home

DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Tears streamed down the face of Selena Brown, a grieving mother who sought comfort in the warm embrace of her husband Wednesday night.

Brown, at times, seemed overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for her two boys who were injured Monday night in a hit-and-run.

"They didn't even stop to see if they were OK," she said.

The family, like many in the crowd, sought solace in religion. They stood in prayer asking that Apollo Brown Jr., 8, and his 14-year-old brother, Kelv-Ron Florence, pull through.

Kelv-Ron Florence, 14, and Apollo Brown Jr., 8, were struck by a hit-and-run driver in Dania Beach on their way home from a basketball game.
Kelv-Ron Florence, 14, and Apollo Brown Jr., 8, were struck by a hit-and-run driver in Dania Beach on their way home from a basketball game.

The candlelight vigil took place along the 100 block of Bryan Road in Dania Beach, where the brothers were struck by a car as they walked home from a basketball game.

"All I want is justice for my boys," Selena Brown said. "They were just innocent boys just walking home, trying to get home. Y'all just hit my boys like this and just left them. I just want my boys."

"I hope all of them get better and they can come back to school as soon as possible," said Evan Perella, a friend of the boys.

The driver, who never bothered to stop, left plenty behind, including part of the truck's headlight, grill plate and fog light. It was enough for detectives to know that the vehicle was most likely a Toyota Tacoma.

"I shouldn't be out here today," said Marilyn Richardson, a family friend. "I come to support my little boys, two innocent, young boys who have a whole life ahead of them."

Equally as strong in their faith is the hope that if not the driver, someone will come forward with who was behind the wheel that night.

"We love y'all," said the boys' father, Apollo Brown. "We love the community. We love y'all for your support and I say thank you."

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