A day after his 19-year-old brother committed suicide in a state prison in Bishopville, South Carolina receiver Moe Brown received his degree Friday during the first of USC?s three commencement exercises this weekend.
Brown said he hoped the graduation and the cookout that followed at his off-campus apartment would be a brief respite for his mom and other family members, at least 15 of whom attended Friday?s ceremony at Colonial Life Arena.
?This is happy times among the sad times,? Brown said. ?Hopefully, it?ll smooth things out, at least keep our minds off of it for a while.?
Brown learned of his brother?s death on Thursday in a phone call from his mother.
Xavier Brown, two months after being moved to Lee Correctional Institution, was found hanging by a bed sheet in his cell Thursday morning, a S.C. Dept. of Corrections spokesman said.