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Accomplished law student is slain; her body is found in her SUV

Posted Oct 31, 2013 6:58 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Classmates at a vigil Wednesday evening described slain Wayne State University law student Tiane Brown as a “superwoman.”

Brown, 33, had master’s degrees in business administration and biomedical engineering, report the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. She had three children, ages 14, 8 and 1, and sat on the advisory board for the group DevelopingKIDS. She formerly worked as an engineer for a defense contractor and as an emergency technician at a hospital. A 3L, she hoped to become a patent lawyer.

Brown’s body was found Wednesday morning in her SUV, parked in a vacant lot in Detroit. Sources told the Detroit Free Press that Brown had been shot once in the head. Police were said to be questioning two persons of interest who had her cellphone.

Law student Lorenzo Parker, who helped arrange a search for Brown before her body was found, said his classmate was “very smart, very bright, very hardworking” and “the rock of her family,” according to the Free Press account.

Updated at 9 a.m. to change headline.

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