VIRGINIA BEACH -- Members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church joined people mourning the loss of 17-year-old Mark Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, the son of Pastor Carlos Rodriguez, died Friday night in Norfolk.

Police said Rodriguez was in his car on Chesapeake Boulevard when 29-year-old James Brown started shooting out of his SUV.

Officer Brian Jones, who responded to that call, found Brown at his home on Wellington Road. It was there that Brown supposedly shot Jones several times and wounded off-duty officer Curtis Allison who attempted to help Jones.

Jones died as a result of his injuries.

Officers eventually shot and killed Brown after chasing him to East Little Creek Road, where they said he refused to give himself up and tried to take a third officer's gun.

A post appeared on the Web site of the Rodriguez Family's church Saturday:

Dear friends of the Rodriguez family,

We at Redeemer Presbyterian Church know that you are joining us in prayer for the family and friends of Mark Rodriguez as we mourn the loss of our son, our brother, our friend. No words can express the anguish and sadness we all feel in the wake of the unexpected news of Mark's untimely death. In this season of grieving, as we cling to our only hope the love of God in the redemptive work of His Son, Jesus Christ we are reminded again of the power of love and life over death and loss.

Since the Rodriguez family is loved by so many, both in the Virginia Beach area and beyond, we hope to coordinate our efforts to serve them well as they grieve. To that end, the family has requested that we honor them in the next few days and weeks and months in the following ways:

* Please send emails to express your condolences rather than texts, phone calls, or personal visits.
* Practical help is appreciated. For meals, contact Erin Strickland by text at 843-901-5304 or by email at To contribute in other ways, contact
* An opportunity to give to the Mark A. Rodriguez memorial fund, for the benefit of his family, will be posted on the church website,
* Information about a memorial service and funeral arrangements will also be posted at the church website as soon as it becomes available.

Thank you for your support and love and prayers at this time.

Visit Mark's blog for a post he wrote about heaven just last month.

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