Teresa Closs said she’s taking comfort that the organs of her son, Larry Irvin — who was shot and killed Saturday at a home near the Brownwood Coliseum — are giving life to others.
    The 29-year-old Irvin’s heart, lungs, kidneys and liver were donated after Irvin’s death in a Fort Worth hospital Saturday night, Closs said.
    “I’m holding up really well right now,” Closs said. “I’m being strong for everyone else. I know, because he’s giving someone else life, it makes me feel like he’s living on in somebody else’s body.”
    Closs doesn’t know Preston Browne, the man who is jailed in connection with the shooting, and she doesn’t know what led to the shooting in the 300 block of North Greenleaf.
    Closs said her son, his girlfriend and their year-old daughter lived with her in her home on Avenue E in Brownwood.
    Saturday morning, Closs said, Irvin woke up around 10. She said she needed to run some errands, but Irvin said he needed to take her truck and go see someone, and he’d be back soon. She said her son didn’t say who he was going to go see but he said it was important.
    “He drove away in my truck,” Closs said.
    Irvin was shot in the head in the Greenleaf home around 12:20 p.m., police said earlier.
     “I was told that as soon as he walked in the door he got shot and fell straight to the floor,” Closs said.
    Browne, the alleged shooter, fled on foot and was detained by a sheriff’s deputy and Early police officer in the area of C.C. Woodson and South Broadway, Brownwood Police Chief Terry Nichols said.
    Before Irvin died, Browne, 25, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evidence tampering and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Browne remains in the Brown County Jail with bonds totaling $600,000.
    With Irvin’s death, Browne’s charges have not yet been upgraded but Nichols said police are in close contact with the district attorney’s office, which will determine the appropriate charges.
    Police did not initially have the firearm used in the shooting, but recovered the weapon Monday afternoon in the area where Browne was detained, Nichols said. Nichols declined to comment on the type of firearm.
    Nichols said Preston and Browne knew each other and several people — at least four — were in the house at the time of the shooting. Someone in the house placed a 9-1-1 call after the shooting, Nichols said.
    Closs said her son grew up in Mullin and also lived in Garland, where he last attended school. He said her son earned a GED in Garland and moved to Brownwood in 2003. She said her son worked as a laborer.
    Closs described Irvin as “fun-loving and caring. He loved people and he loved to help people. He was a kind-hearted person and he would do anything for anybody. I just think Larry was a good person.”
    She said her son wanted to marry his girlfriend and raise a family.
    After Irvin was shot Saturday afternoon, someone messaged one of Closs’ cousins, and the cousin told Closs. She said she and the cousin drove to the scene  “We saw the helicopter. We saw the ambulances,” Closs said.
    Closs said she was able to get close enough to an ambulance to see someone’s feet and legs, and wondered if that was her son. Irvin was placed into a helicopter and initially flown to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, then transferred to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
    Closs said she saw her son at the Fort Worth hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:35 p.m. Saturday. Doctors took his organs Tuesday afternoon, Closs said.
    Closs, 56, last worked at a local nursing home and has been off work with medical issues.
    She said people have told her things about the shooting and the possible motive, but she doesn’t know what’s true and not true.
    “What the real reason is, I have no idea,” Closs said. “It’s all hearsay, kind of.”