Bouquets for Brendan Tevlin Sprouts Up in Memory of Slain Teen

Brendan Tevlin

A display of handpicked flowers in glass vases appeared near the curb of a West Caldwell home over the weekend along with a handwritten sign that reads, “Bouquets for Brendan Tevlin.”

The flowers are offered in exchange for a donation to a memorial fund honoring the Livingston teen, who police say was gunned down in his car this past June while driving home from a friend’s house. Tevlin was 19 and had just finished his freshman year at the University of Richmond.

Brendan Tevlin

The floral fundraiser is one of many sprouting up for the Brendan Patrick Tevlin Memorial Fund at Seton Hall Prep, explained Jane Katirgis as she clipped colorful zinnias to make more bouquets Monday morning.

Plans are in the works to name Seton Hall Prep’s new athletic field after Tevlin, a 2013 graduate who played lacrosse for the boys high school.

“Everyone’s doing a little something to keep his name out there,” Katirgis said.

Three of her nephews graduated from Seton Hall and a third is currently a junior there, she said. They all played bagpipes together in the Shillelagh Club Band.

Katirgis said will keep clipping as long as donations continue to come in. Her home is located on the corner of Runnymede Road and Westville Avenue  in West Caldwell. Donations can also be made on the Seton Hall Prep website.

Good Vibes, Easy Living

Some are calling Tevlin a martyr and a victim of domestic terrorism whose death has been under-reported. Police said the teen’s alleged killer, Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, who is in custody, confessed to the murder, as well as the killing of three others in Seattle. Brown is a devout Muslim and acted in retribution for those killed by Americans in Iraq, Syria and other Islamic counties, according to court documents.

Still, the teen’s family and friends hope to keep the focus on Tevlin’s life, rather than how he died.

The blog Good Vibes Easy Living, named for Tevlin’s approach to life, shares news about ongoing efforts to keep his memory alive from how to purchase shamrock shirts and “Good Vibes, Easy Living” bracelets to a story on this summer’s First Annual Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival.

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