DALLAS, Texas -– Josh Brent arrived at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Tuesday with the family of Jerry Brown Jr. to honor his memory during a memorial service.
Brown, Brent's former teammate and roommate, died in a single-vehicle crash in Irving last Saturday. Brent has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Brown's family was flown in on owner Jerry Jones' private plane. Brown's mother wanted Brent at her side. In his weekly radio show, Jones discussed why.
"She wanted to be right with Josh and wanted them to know how much she loved him and thought of him and didn't want to have him grieve for his loss as a friend without being included in their family," he said.
The service was packed with Dallas Cowboys including Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.
Brown's jersey was displayed in front along with flowers. According to someone attending the service the first speaker, "Told the team to be un-moveable. Stay steadfast in what they believe to be true. There may be dark clouds, but there is always sunshine behind it."
Pastor Tony Evans who leads the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship is the Cowboys team chaplain. During the service he spoke of Brown, saying, "Jerry wasn't late for his appointment because it's appointed unto man to die."
In his radio show, Jones spoke of the team's loss.
"It was extremely emotional for everybody involved," he said. "The loss of a teammate, horrific situation that Josh Brent was in having been the driver."
The team is supporting Brent. A picture provided to KVUE'S sister station WFAA shows players and Cowboys personnel lined up to hug Brent after the service. Jones reportedly was among them.
Jones declined comment leaving the service, saying he was trying to preserve its sanctity.