Family Devastated By the Shooting Murder of Joshua McGinnis

Family Devastated By the Shooting Murder of Joshua McGinnis

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ADELANTO – The family of 36-year-old Adelanto resident Joshua McGinnis is devastated by his untimely death.

McGinnis was allegedly murdered by Johnny Lavell Brown, a 36-year-old Adelanto man. Those close to McGinnis described Brown as being someone he considered to be his friend. On Monday, March 20, 2017, deputies from the Victor Valley Station responded to 11200 block of Chamberlaine Way in the City of Adelanto for the report of a shooting. When they arrived they located McGinnis suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. McGinnis was rushed to the hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries the following afternoon.

Authorities are seeking the whereabouts of Johnny Lavell Brown. Meanwhile, the McGinnis’ loved ones are dealing with the sudden loss of the significant other, father, son, uncle, and brother who meant so much to them. McGinnis’ mother lost another child to a shooting exactly 16 years prior to the death of Joshua. ““Joshua’s mother is ill and he would stop by daily to help her around the house,” said longtime girlfriend Jhasmine Corbin. Now McGinnis 3-year-old son will be left only with the memories of his loving father and his 16-year-old daughter lost the father who had planned on taking her to the prom.

“Joshua had a giving soul, he would help single mothers out by taking their kids to get haircuts, clothes, and shoes when he had the money,” added Corbin. McGinnis considered the High Desert his home, although he was born in Culver City. He grew up with several brothers and sisters. His best friend was also his sister, Jennie McGinnis, who is an aspiring model. McGinnis worked as a forklift driver and was the owner of Jay and Jay Cleaning, an Adelanto preservation company for 9 years.

The family is asking for any assistance to help give Joshua McGinnis the proper memorial service. A Go Fund Me account has been set up to assist his family in doing so.

Anyone with information regarding Johnny Lavell Brown’swhereabouts is asked to contact the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail, Detective Lisa Guerra or Sergeant Jason Radeleff at (909)387-3589.Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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  • Joshua-McGinnis: Photo provide by Jhasmine Marie Corbin
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