According to a Detroit Free Press report, Brown died of a gunshot wound to the head. The newspaper reported that police at a press conference declined to say whether Brown's death was a random crime.
Brown was a law student who also held a bachelor's degree in biosciences and a master's degree in biomedical engineering. Her children are being cared for by relatives.
The Free Press report quoted Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who said during the press conference, “It’s a tragic day because Tiane was special to so many, someone striving to be a key part of this city."