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Bobby Brown to build Bobbi Kristina Serenity House domestic violence shelter
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Bobby Brown to build Bobbi Kristina Serenity House domestic violence shelter

Bobby Brown to build Bobbi Kristina Serenity House domestic violence shelter
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Bobby Brown and his wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, will receive a proclamation in acknowledgement of plans to build the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House domestic violence shelter in Atlanta. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

Bobby Brown to build Bobbi Kristina Serenity House domestic violence shelter

Following the death of his daughter in 2015, Bobby Brown founded the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House in her honor.

While there isn’t a physical building yet, the nonprofit organization offers resources and education about domestic violence through its website, bobbikristinaserenityhouse.org.

On Monday, Brown and his wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, received a proclamation from City of South Fulton Mayor Bill Edwards, Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington and Atlanta City Council member Michael Julian Bond in acknowledgement of plans to build the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House in Atlanta.

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“Our family lives with the pain everyday of losing my beautiful daughter, Bobbi Kristina, to domestic violence,” Bobby Brown said in a statement. “She loved Atlanta and in her memory we are proud to announce the formation of the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House. Our initial goal is to help educate women and men of all ages, by creating a 24-hour crisis intervention line and emergency transitional shelter.”

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ATLANTA, GA - JULY 30: (L-R) Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr., Alicia Etheredge-Brown, Bobby Brown, City of South Fulton Mayor ÒBillÓ Edwards, and City of Atlanta Councilman Michael Julian Bond onstage during Proclamation to Bobby Brown To Honor the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House at South Fulton City Hall on July 30, 2018 in City of South Fulton, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
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Bobby Brown to build Bobbi Kristina Serenity House domestic violence shelter

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ATLANTA, GA - JULY 30: (L-R) Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr., Alicia Etheredge-Brown, Bobby Brown, City of South Fulton Mayor ÒBillÓ Edwards, and City of Atlanta Councilman Michael Julian Bond onstage during Proclamation to Bobby Brown To Honor the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House at South Fulton City Hall on July 30, 2018 in City of South Fulton, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, died July 26, 2015, at the age of 22. 

In eerily similar circumstances to the 2012 death of her mother, Bobbi Kristina Brown was found face down in a bathtub in her Alpharetta, Georgia, home by her boyfriend, Nick Gordon. She spent six months in a coma before dying.

The medical examiner classified the death as “immersion associated with drug intoxication,” but the manner of death was never determined.

The Brown family filed a lawsuit against Gordon that claimed he was guilty of assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, as well as providing her with a “toxic cocktail” that rendered Bobbi Kristina Brown unconscious and led to her death.

In 2016, Gordon was found legally responsible for Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death and ordered to pay her estate $36 million. 

Gordon has denied any wrongdoing.

Earlier this year, Gordon was arrested on domestic battery charges in Florida, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office

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  • A South Florida prosecutor was fired Monday for a social media post that compared protesters to anmals. Amy Bloom, an eight-year veteran of the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, wrote the post a day after protestors clashed with police in Fort Lauderdale, the Sun-Sentinel reported. She quickly deleted the post, but the image was captured and shared with other lawyers in Broward County, the newspaper reported. “When will people learn that their criminal acts and obnoxious protesting actually gets you nowhere?' Bloom allegedly wrote on Facebook. 'Act civilized and maybe things will change. I’ve never seen such animals except at the zoo.” In the post, Bloom added that her criticisms applied to everyone, regardless of race, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The demonstrators were marching to protest the death of George Floyd, 46, a Minneapolis resident who died May 25 after a police officer kept his knees on the man’s neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest. In a statement, the State Attorney’s Office announced Bloom’s firing. “Following our review of the Facebook posting by Ms. Amy Bloom, we have made the decision to terminate her effective immediately,' the statement said. 'The views expressed in that posting are entirely inconsistent with the ideals and principles of the Broward State Attorney’s Office and the duties and responsibilities of an assistant state attorney.” Bloom returned to Facebook to clarify and apologize for her post, the Sun-Sentinel reported. “I made a post and realized that it could be misinterpreted, so I deleted it within seconds,” she wrote. “I believe in justice for all and that ALL lives matter. I don’t look at anybody by their color shape or size ... My post specifically referenced the people who took advantage of the opportunity to protest. I respect the people who have a mission and wanted to accomplish it. It is hard to respect those who are taking it away with violence and destruction.”
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