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Cowboys death: Jerry Brown's mom forgives Josh Brent

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10:40 AM ET 12.16 | Stacey Jackson wore her son's football jersey as she hugged friends and family at his wake Friday night in St. Louis. Across the room at Oak Grove Baptist Church, more than 400 people filed past Jerry Brown Jr.'s casket. "His number was up. It was time for him to go meet God," said Jackson, 44. The 25-year-old Dallas Cowboys player was killed last Saturday when his teammate and best friend, Josh Brent, overturned his Mercedes on the way home from a Dallas club. Irving police charged Brent with intoxication manslaughter, saying he was drinking and driving. "[Brent] just knew that I was going to blame him or go off on him or hit him -- but no," Jackson explained. "Jerry would frown down on me if I did that, because that's not the way I raised him. He wouldn't want you to blame yourself, because both of y'all didn't have seat belts," Jackson said. "It was like a little burden lifted off [Brent.]"

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December 16, 2012  10:52 AM ET

"His number was up"?

Wow.

December 16, 2012  10:54 AM ET
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"His number was up"?Wow.

I agree WWJ...........Kinda cold way to look at it.................He was'nt 85.............

December 16, 2012  10:57 AM ET
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I agree WWJ...........Kinda cold way to look at it.................He was'nt 85.............

And he didn't die of natural causes. It would be one thing if he died of a congenital heart defect or some kind of illness, but he didn't. He died because his friend got behind the wheel of a car with double the legal amount of alcohol in his system.

December 16, 2012  11:24 AM ET

A little burden lifted... but one massive one still remains.

December 16, 2012  11:43 AM ET

Exactly, no matter what the law does, he has to look in the mirror every day

December 16, 2012  07:18 PM ET
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A little burden lifted... but one massive one still remains.

Very much so.

 
December 16, 2012  07:19 PM ET
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Exactly, no matter what the law does, he has to look in the mirror every day

Yup....and hopefully that will be the one thing that stops him from doing it again (driving drunk)....this was not his first DUI....but it had better be his last.

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