Detective searching for clues in killing

Witness said woman, 45, had begged for her life

February 11, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Brenda P. Brooks pleaded for her life before being shot to death on a quiet West Baltimore street early one morning in November.

She said, "`Don't kill me, don't kill me,'" a witness said. Detective Michael Glenn is investigating the death of the 45-year-old mother of two children who was living with her mother after falling on hard times.

Though Glenn initially found a witness who saw the shooting, he has found few clues since. He has pounded on doors in the neighborhood and passed out more than 100 fliers Thursday seeking tips in the killing.

"This is a difficult case," Glenn said. "It's going to take some time."

Glenn found one witness after the killing who said he saw Brooks in a burgundy four-door car with three men about 4:20 a.m. Nov. 23 in the 1900 block of Chelsea Terrace.

Later, the witness saw Brooks standing outside the car with a man, Glenn said.

The witness then heard Brooks begging for her life, and he watched as the man took out a handgun and shot her in the chest, Glenn said. But the witness did not get a good look at the car or the gunman, Glenn said.

Brooks did not have a criminal record, and Glenn said he was not sure why she was out at such an early hour with three men several blocks from her home in the 2100 block of Mount Holly St.

The men "could be from anywhere," said Glenn, a seven-year veteran of the homicide squad.

"The sad thing about this is that I don't have any more details" to work with, said Glenn, who urged anyone with information about the killing to call him at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers, which is offering a cash reward for tips, at 410-276-8888.

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