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Neighbor Joshua Brown Who Testified Against Amber Guyger Shot and Killed in Dallas

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Joshua Brown, the next door neighbor of Botham Jean, was shot and killed late Friday night in Dallas, Texas, an attorney for Jean’s family said. Brown recently testified for the prosecution in the murder trial of former Dallas cop Amber Guyger.

Joshua Brown, the next door neighbor of Botham Jean, was shot and killed late Friday night in Dallas, Texas, an attorney for Jean’s family said. Brown recently testified for the prosecution in the murder trial of former Dallas cop Amber Guyger.

According to the Dallas Morning News, officers arrived on the scene at around 10:30 p.m. to the Atera apartments located at the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Road in Dallas’ Turtle Creek neighborhood.

Per that report:

Police found a man on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Witnesses told police they heard several gunshots and saw a silver four-door sedan speeding out of the parking lot.

The Dallas Police Department (DPD) has yet release information about the victim or the suspect. But attorneys with knowledge of the case and Brown’s family confirmed Brown’s identity via social media on Saturday afternoon.

Dominique Alexander, a Dallas area civil rights activist who is close to Brown’s family, posted about his death on Facebook:

I [have] been notified that Joshua Brown who testified on the stand in the Amber Guyger trial was shot & killed last night, not sure what happen but I will keep you updated on new developments.

Lee Merritt, the attorney for Botham Jean’s family, later confirmed the news in a separate Facebook post.

“Joshua Brown, the next door neighbor of #BothamJean was killed last night after being shot several times by an unknown assailant,” Merritt noted. “Local media has reported on the shooting but have not confirmed Brown’s identity. Because, Brown worked closely with prosecutors just a week ago to ensure Amber Guyger was properly convicted in the murder trial, the DA’s office has fairly direct contact with Brown and his family. An ADA has confirmed that it was in fact Brown who was killed although they have yet to identify a suspect or motive for the shooting. The case is now in the hands of the Dallas Police Department. Brown’s testimony stood out as a fact witness who was approaching his apartment directly across from Botham Jean’s apartment when shots rang out.”

Online reaction thus far has been fierce–with many people terming Brown’s death an “assassination,” “hit,” and/or revenge on behalf of Dallas cops. While the timing of Brown’s death is suspicious, there is at this time no evidence to support that.

Merritt also said that Brown lived “in constant fear” that he could be a victim of gun violence:

Brown was still visibly shaken up from the incident when he took the stand to testify on behalf of the prosecution. His murder underscores the reality of the black experience in America. A former athlete turned entrepreneur— Brown lived in constant fear that he could be the next victim of gun violence, either state sanctioned or otherwise. We have more work to do deal with the constant threats to our community both from within and without. Brown deserves the same justice he sought to ensure the Jean family. The Dallas County criminal justice system must mobilized to identify his killer and see that he is held accountable for this murder.

Law&Crime reached out to the DPD for comment on this story but no response was forthcoming at the time of publication.

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Marquel Ellis 16, Allen High School football player shot and killed at a house party in Plano

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Marquel Ellis 16, an Allen Eagle High School football player in Plano, was shot and killed.

The incident happened Saturday night at the 3200 block of Peachtree Lane.

The 16-year-old was taken to the local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Plano PD did not release the teen name but Allen ISD identified the teen as Marquel Ellis in a statement:

“We were notified earlier today of the tragic incident that took the life of Marquel Ellis, Jr.  Marquel was a sophomore at Allen High School.  The school has arranged for counselors to be available for students and staff on Monday morning.”

Sources say, a party was going on in a home and a group got kicked out and returned with gunfire. No one else was injured.

Police said they have not yet identified any suspects.

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Kids Playing Hide and Seek and Found a Body in Fort Worth

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Kids playing hide and seek found a body.

Police are now investigating the death of a man near the 9000 block of N. Normandale St. in Fort Worth, TX.

The body was found around 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Name of the victim has not been released and the medical examiner’s officer working on the cause of death.

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Brandon Gonzales got the Hell out of Town, Moved to Florida.

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Brandon Gonzales who was mistakenly accused of killing two party-goers in a shooting in Greenville has moved to Florida.

Brandon was arrested for the shooting on Oct. 26, He was released Nov. 5. As of yet, no arrest made in connection with the shooting.

According to NBCDFW Gonzales, 23, went to an interview Monday for a job at a warehouse in Florida, he said the interviewer told him: Let’s wait a year to let this settle down.

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