November 23, 2014

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Cleveland gunman at large after killing 5-year-old

CLEVELAND — Police on Monday sought information on a gunman who killed a 5-year-old girl and shot her mother in the head while the two of them sat in a vehicle in a residential neighborhood.

Authorities identified the slain girl as Jermani Brooks. Her mother, 33-year-old Noni Brooks, was hospitalized in fair condition.

The two were shot Sunday night on Cleveland’s west side. Police said a man in a green SUV pulled up to their vehicle, got out and opened fire before fleeing.

Police tracking the vehicle and the man surrounded an address in the city briefly on Monday with SWAT team negotiators, but the man wasn’t there.

In a statement, the victims’ family urged the public to come forward with information.

“The family would like privacy at this time during the mourning and loss of a beautiful child, Jermani Brooks, whose life was taken at such a young age,” it said. “Please keep the family in your prayers for the recovery of her mother, Noni Brooks. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the person of interest PLEASE come forward.”

City officials said police were continuing to investigate.

“Every homicide has an impact on our community, but that kind of violence toward innocent children is particularly heinous,” the city said in a statement.

Friends and relatives have organized a vigil for Jermani on Thursday, which would have been her sixth birthday.


  • Bob Sweatt

    Not one comment about this. But a story about a monkey has like 70 comments. Sad so very sad.

    • Zen Grouch

      Some things go unsaid…

    • beety

      So … Can we count this as YOUR heartfelt condolences?

      • Bob Sweatt

        My point wasn’t to show my condolences.

        My point is that people care more about a stupid monkey, then they do about a 5 year old kids.

        Sorry if I offended anyone. But some people need to get their priorities in order. Stop caring about what happens to animals and start caring about people.

  • Kim

    Whoever did this is a big coward to kill a child!

  • beety

    The plain dealer has a lot more information on this story and has been following it from the beginning…

  • Bonnie Pickett

    My sympathy to this family. Nobody should have to deal with the death of a child, but to deal with a 5 yr. old shot to death is even more tragic. Some people should just stay behind bars because they only know violence.