Nineteen year old Barry “BJ” Brooks Jr. and his girlfriend were walking from one apartment to another on November 18, 2007 in Jacksonville, FL when they were approached by two men in hoodies and robbed.
As the suspects began harassing his girlfriend, BJ stepped up to defend her and was shot in the upper body.
The bullet pierced an artery in his heart and he died at the hospital early the next day.
BJ was known by his family and friends as someone that could be counted on. Whether it was helping a cousin get her car started, taking family to visit other relatives or teaching kids to dance, BJ was always happy to help.
BJ’s family have continued his ways of helping others by volunteering with Compassionate Families, Inc., a Jacksonville non-profit that serves families that have lost loved ones to homicide.
If you have any information, no matter how small you think it is, about BJ’s murder please call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at (904) 630-0500. To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-TIPS.
You may be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000 if your Crime Stoppers tip leads to an arrest in this case. An additional $1,000 reward is available for information that leads to the recovery of the gun used in this case.
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