Te-Andre Anthony Brown was a senior business administration student at Florida A&M University, born in Jamaica on June 28, 1998. Brown moved to Fort Lauderdale from St. Ann, Jamaica in April 2009.
Brown’s younger brother, Tre Brown, did not like the move away from the Jamaican culture, when they first arrived in FortLauderdale. “It was very crazy, a lot of ups and downs,” Tre Brown said. “At first I didn’t like it, but now I do.”
Te-Andre showed love and compassion to everyone he came in contact with. He was a role model to many, and showed people how to enjoy life through his joyous personality.
But on March 15, Te-Andre drowned in a boating accident trying to care for others, during a trip with friends to Panama City.
“He did a lot a lot of things people in our family did not get a chance to do, like complete college, and get ready to start a new chapter,” Tre Brown said. “He made me see the meaning of life, and that I’ve got to enjoy it.”
Te-Andre joined many organizations, and left an impact in each one at FAMU. He was always the leader and the hardest worker. Te-Andre was part of Army ROTC, the National Society of Pershing Rifles, the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Omega Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business fraternity.
Tyra Moline recalls when she first met Te-Andre, and observed his drive to besuccessful.
“I first noticed who Te-Andre was in 2018 when he was trying to join Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business fraternity,” Moline said. “I was able to witness Te-Andre’s drive for success. He was the type to set a goal and still reach it.”
Te-Andre seemed to be crazier than his dreams by being able to join the National Society of Pershing Rifles, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business fraternity and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity in one school year, all while being a leader of the Rattler Battalion and Ranger team captain.
His leadership was shown throughout the Rattler Battalion by always leading from the front.
Sahelanda Gelin was always inspired by her battle buddy.“Being his battle buddy was truly an honor. He was a PT stud, always getting a score of 300 (max score),” Gelin said. “He was always supportive and pushing people to be better. He really inspired those around him.”
We will always remember our friend.