UPDATE: McMinn County woman set on fire dies from injuries
UPDATE (July 23rd):
Family notified James Torrez on Sunday that Carrie Brown passed away from her injuries. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
The website for the McMinn County Justice Center says Brown's grandson, Tysheen Walton, remains in custody, and now has been charged with murder.
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Greg Brown's family grew up in Athens, Tenn, around the "Red Hill" area.
"We attended a church called Cox Chapel, Cox Chapel Church," Brown said. "My mother sang in the elder choir. We all sang in the junior choir."
Last week, his family's neighborhood was a crime scene. Athens police officers say they arrested Tysheen Walton. They accused him of attacking his grandmother, Carrie Brown, and setting her on fire. The victim is Greg Brown's mother; the suspect is his nephew.
"Apparently he was having problems, but he wasn't talking about it," Brown said about Walton. "No one was asking him about it."
First responders flew Brown to the Vanderbilt Burn Center in Nashville. Brown says family rushed to visit when they heard the news.
"Everybody rushed in because she was so severely injured," he said. "We didn't know how much time we had."
Brown says his mom is awake and talking. He says doctors think her condition is improving, but could take a turn for the worse at any moment. Family members would even try to sing her favorite song together.
"She laughs because she says everyone sounds bad," chuckled Brown. "So we have to play a YouTube video for her."
As far as feelings for his nephew, the suspect, it's a dilemma.
"It sounds crazy, but I'm not gonna say I hate him," said Brown. "But I can't say I forgive him."
While Brown's mother is burned and in pain, he says her heart isn't at all damaged.
"My mother would laugh in any situation. I've been talking to her. She hasn't complained one time. She hasn't said anything ill about Tysheen," Brown said, fighting back tears. "She says it's good to know people care about her and that's all she wants."
Family members are expecting medical bills to be through the roof. To help pay for that, and repairs the house suffered during the fire, the family created a GoFundMe page. If you would like to donate, you can access that here.
Walton still sits behind bards in the McMinn County Jail. His bond is set at $150,000.