A nephew of the suspect in the deadly Wisconsin Christmas parade rampage pleaded for a judge to slap the ex-con with a no-contact order after he shot at him in a fight over a cell phone in 2020, according to a report.
Anaji Brooks said in a victim impact statement that the incident involving Darrell Brooks in July that year had affected him “more so emotionally than physically,” the Daily Mail reported.
“It made me come to the conclusion that this man wasn’t family or kin to me,” Anaji said in the handwritten note, which was filed in September 2021, according to the news outlet.
“Family shouldn’t hurt family the way he did. It has brought my trust in people to become very low than it already has,” added Anaji, who lived in the same house in Milwaukee’s Arlington Heights area as his uncle, the report said.
The nephew told the outlet that he could not discuss Brooks’ case.
According to records, Brooks had a pending assault case from July 2020 — in which he was released in March when his $7,500 bail was dropped to just $500.
Meanwhile, a woman who met the suspect on the social website Mocospace told the Daily Mail that her mother and sister were wary of him.
“I used to blame him on my friend. But when my mother first met him she was like, ‘I don’t like him,’ and my younger sister said there’s something about him she didn’t like as well,” Marsha Winters, 29, told the paper.
“But they never told me what it was they didn’t like,” she said, adding that she didn’t have a serious relationship with Brooks and that she didn’t even know his real name until after the attack in Waukesha.
“I always knew him as Fly,” she said, referring to the aspiring rapper’s stage name, Mathboi Fly.
Winters told the outlet that Brooks called her in the summer from prison, where he was serving four months for non-payment of child support, to ask if they could get together later.
“He came over and we chitchatted, but he didn’t stay here — my mother wouldn’t let him,” she said.
“He was always cool, he used to tell me I needed to finish school and he was always saying he was proud of me,” the college student continued, adding that she won’t visit him behind bars if he is convicted in the parade deaths.
Asked if she believes Brooks plowed through the crowd on purpose, she said: “You don’t know what people are capable of doing until they do it.”
Brooks is charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, but prosecutor Susan Opper said Tuesday that he will be hit with a sixth charge following the death of Jackson Sparks, 8, who had been in critical condition after the attack.
Each homicide count carries a potential sentence of life without parole. Wisconsin does not have a death penalty statute.
Police said the wannabe rapper was fleeing a domestic disturbance when he barreled past police barricades and onto the parade route, where he mowed down marchers and spectators.
In addition to the fatalities, authorities now say that 62 people were injured during the attack, including children still in critical condition.