Man, 22, found slain at Aurora tire store was ‘I got time now cuz’ internet meme, familiar face on the streets

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Vincent Lee Brown and his mother, Linnea Brown, from a GoFundMe page in his honor.

AURORA | Meme followers across the U.S. are mourning the death of a 22-year-old Aurora man — whose video went viral in 2014 — after he was found shot dead this week in front of a tire store. 

Police identified the man found dead Sunday morning as Vincent Brown. The itinerant, young homeless man with gang ties became a national sensation several years ago for aggressively telling a man “Today I got time” for an altercation in a viral video. 

Linnea Brown, his mother, told the Sentinel that Vincent was a big personality and beloved on Aurora’s streets. He’d been homeless for several years and split his time sleeping in a tent, in cars and in motels, she said. She said Vincent also had ties to local Crip gang members but was more “affiliated” with the gang than an active member when he was killed. 

Vincent Brown, from a screen shot of him singing a tribute song to Michael Brown.

Linnea didn’t know what might have led to his death. But she said he’d experienced violence before. 

“He has been jumped, pistol whipped, got his eyes gashed open,” she said. “He wasn’t really one to keep quiet, so if someone said something that he didn’t like, he’d let them know, which I’m sure didn’t help him in this situation at all.”

The Aurora Police Department’s Major Crimes Homicide Unit is investigating the incident. A department spokesperson wouldn’t release more information about the circumstances of Brown’s death. 

Police found Brown dead Sunday morning near 10 a.m. outside of Front Range Tire in Aurora near the intersection of East Cornell Avenue and South Peoria Street.

Brown became an internet meme and viral sensation in the “I got time cuz” video. Despite his youth and small stature — just 4-feet and 11-inches tall and weighing 80 pounds, according to police records — Brown espoused the aggressive slang of a hardened gangster, calling himself Greal Da Savage. His viral video tirade was aimed at a partially obscured man holding the hand of a toddler who had earlier asked Brown to “take off his flag” — a bandana signaling his gang affiliation. 

Brown’s screed took off in internet culture. 

In 2017, rap sensation Trippie Redd kicked off his track “It Takes Time” with the audio of Brown’s viral video. Countless memes referenced the young man before his death last week. 

Now, Instagram and YouTube commenters are flocking back to the original viral video, posting their condolences en masse. 

End of Sentence by 1090 Jake spent several minutes this week remembering the “funny” kid who became an overnight sensation and waxing on the tragedy of people who fall into gang life, hoping to impress others and not themselves. He ends with a song written by Vincent and sung about the death of Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. Youtuber B.Y.3Dahardway also dedicated a spot to Vincent.

Brown’s mother said Vincent attended Parklane Elementary School and Aurora West College Preparatory School in Aurora before they briefly relocated to Missouri. He didn’t finish high school, she said. The family was homeless for several years beginning in 2015. 

“He kind of, more or less, grew up on the streets in his teenage years,” she said. 

Linnea said Vincent struggled and was homeless for the last six years. But he was well known in the community, she said. Despite his gang affiliations and posturing in the viral video, she said he had a big heart.

“I watched him give his shoes to someone on the street one time, because they needed them more than him,” she said. She said he wasn’t afraid to stand up for people, especially if he saw a man hit a woman. 

Vincent had a long rap sheet that included a slew of minor charges such as: probation violations, failures to appear in court, trespassing, obstructing police officers, traffic charges, making false reports to police and shoplifting, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations. 

But he also had several convictions, including: registering a fictitious license plate in 2016; possessing “dangerous drugs” in 2017; reckless driving the same year; another drug possession conviction in 2018; smuggling contraband into prison in 2019; and yet another drug possession conviction that year. 

In September, Brown posted on Facebook that he’d been shot in the hand after someone tried to kill him. 

“Keep a ear to the streets i want to know who the f*** (popped) me asap….” he said. 

Linnea, his mother, is grieving the loss of her son. The family has created a GoFundMe page and expects to hold services. Details are pending.

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Trebor Cadeau
Trebor Cadeau
7 months ago

Hope thathey find and prosecute the coward who shot Vincent.

Mart
Mart
6 months ago
Reply to  Trebor Cadeau

Dude probably sucked so much dick

jeff brown
jeff brown
7 months ago

RIP Vincent and thank you for opposing violence against women.

Dela sol
Dela sol
6 months ago

***K this poser. He wanted to play gangsta so bad, well enjoy gangstas paradise.

Frankysue
Frankysue
6 months ago
Reply to  Dela sol

Go to hell

Facts
Facts
6 months ago
Reply to  Dela sol

He wasnt a poser there people that can validate that so stfu

Heather Stopa
Heather Stopa
6 months ago
Reply to  Dela sol

We all hid when we’re in pain. I raised Vinny I’m sorry his death makes you hide behind a cloak of your own entitlement and weakness.He was loved, he is loved I wish you the same love.

Ashley
Ashley
6 months ago
Reply to  Dela sol

Wait until you’re the dumb fuck who gets it next karma is wonderful and I hope it gets your ass ASAP you lousy POS

J
J
6 months ago

A dead gang member? Thats good news.

William Wallace
William Wallace
6 months ago

+ with my deepest feeling sorrow here is hoping families heal on this hurting afair.

Joe Felice
Joe Felice
6 months ago

So sad that this lifestyle and demise has to happen in this country.

Trebor Cadeau
Trebor Cadeau
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

“has to happen”
No. His choice to be homeless. (After becoming tired living homeless he likely would have moved on and becomemployed and found housing.)

(Often I see able-bodied young males and females begging at Aurora street intersections. Then watch drivers impede traffic giving these able-to-work individuals money or food.
The beggers let some of the food become litter on the ground.)

Last edited 6 months ago by Trebor Cadeau
Keifer Jennings
Keifer Jennings
1 month ago
Reply to  Trebor Cadeau

“His choice”

His family became homeless while he was a kid, and he was unable to complete high school because he was homeless. Blame can certainly be placed on the parents, but its kind of hard to blame someone that became homeless at 15 or 16 for being homeless.

There are certainly some people who are homeless due to making poor choices. But at least have enough sense to realize that there are things that happen that are completely out of a persons control and that there is an unseen element of luck in every persons life. Hard work and Zero luck looks exactly the same as zero work.

George Alvarez
George Alvarez
5 months ago

Rest In Peace lil’ homie. Sending my condolences to yours. This one really hurt my heart cause you’re a solid dude.😣

Davis Michael
Davis Michael
3 months ago

Well we didn’t lose the cure for cancer with him gone… moving on!