Community rallies to support Browning family after tree killed wife & unborn baby

ERWINVILLE — In a show of support, the community is coming together to host a fundraiser for the Browning family.

Justin Browning lost his wife, Kristin Browning, and their unborn daughter, Anna Jane, during a storm on May 13, 2024.

The benefit is to raise funds to help Justin and Kristin’s 5-year-old daughter, Autumn, as they navigate this challenging time. 

The Browning family was preparing dinner and had just bathed Autumn on the night of May 13, 2024.

“We got the alert for the weather service. We had just a couple of minutes to move to the bathroom to try to get to some sort of safety. In a matter of two or three minutes, that’s all it took before the tree came down,” recounted Justin Browning.

Three trees crashed onto their trailer, trapping the family inside. Kristin Browning, 31, and her unborn 9-month baby was killed instantly. Her parents, Shelly and Kenneth Kent, who live nearby, rushed over to the scene and worked tirelessly to free their loved ones. They managed to pull Autumn out after 30-45 minutes, but Justin remained trapped for over two hours, suffering a fractured neck.

“I wanted to know the baby’s gender so we could give her a name. We didn’t want her to just be the unborn baby. Her name was Anna Jane,” he shared.

“Kristin was the best. She was amazing, and I don’t know what we’re going to do. How are we going to get through it,” said Deena Browning, Kristin’s mother-in-law.

Justin Browning is determined to move forward for the sake of his daughter, Autumn. The fundraiser aims to provide support for the family but also compassion.

To support Justin and Autumn, a benefit event has been organized, featuring a raffle of several items. The raffle will take place on July 1st. The items up for the raffle include:

  • A purple and gold double-stand burner
  • A 5-gallon jambalaya pot and burner
  • A purple and gold Cajun classic enamel pot

Tickets for the raffle are priced at $10 each and can be purchased with cash or via Venmo (@kfrazee79). Those interested in buying tickets or seeking more information can reach out to Kim Frazee at 225-937-9488 or via email at kfrazee@ces-sses.com.

The outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming for the Browning and Kent families. “We are deeply moved by the love and support we have received. There are too many people to thank, but we ask everyone to please keep us in your continued prayers,” said the families.

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