EXCLUSIVE: ‘Family shouldn’t hurt family.’ Darrell Brooks’ nephew begged a judge to order his uncle to stay away in a heartbreaking note after he SHOT him in a fight over a cell phone
The nephew of Darrell Brooks, the man charged with driving into a Christmas parade, begged a judge in a heartfelt handwritten note to order him to keep away.
Anaji Brooks made the plea in a victim impact statement after his Uncle Darrell had shot at him in a fight over an old cell phone in July 2020, saying the incident had affected him ‘more so emotionally than physically.’
‘It made me come to the conclusion that this man wasn’t family or kin to me,’ Anaji added in the plea for the no contact order filed in September 2021. ‘Family shouldn’t hurt family the way he did.
‘It has brought my trust in people to become very low than it already has,’ he added.
The no contact order meant that Darrell Brooks had to leave the four-bedroom home in Milwaukee’s Arlington Heights area as Anaji lived there too.
Brooks’ grandmother Dawn Woods, who also lives in the house also took out a similar order against him.
Anaji Brooks told DailyMail.com he could not discuss his uncle’s case.
Darrell Brooks shot his nephew Anaji Brooks in a fight over an old cell phone, DailyMail.com can reveal
Anaji made a plea to a judge for a no contact order, seen in a heartfelt handwritten note. ‘It made me come to the conclusion that this man wasn’t family or kin to me,’ Anaji added. ‘Family shouldn’t hurt family the way he did’
Anaji said the incident had affected him ‘more so emotionally than physically’
The no contact order meant that Darrell Brooks had to leave the four-bedroom home (pictured) in Milwaukee’s Arlington Heights area as Anaji lived there too
His nephew is not the only person who feared Darrell Brooks. Marsha Winters, who has known him for more than a decade, said both her mother and sister made it clear to her they didn’t like 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.
‘But they never told me what it was they didn’t like.’
Winters, 29, said she hooked up with Brooks, who she met on the social website Mocospace, but they didn’t seriously date. She didn’t even know his real name until after the weekend deaths in Waukesha.
Marsha Winters, who has known him for more than a decade, said both her mother and sister made it clear to her they didn’t like Brooks
‘I always knew him as Fly,’ she said, referring to his rapper stage name mathboifly.
Weeks and months would go by without contact but then this summer, Brooks called her from prison where he was serving four months for non-payment of child support and he asked if he could see her when he was released.
‘He came over and we chitchatted, but he didn’t stay here — my mother wouldn’t let him,’ said Winters, who is studying human resources in college.
He left some boots and other personal effects with her but they were destroyed when the basement of her Milwaukee home was flooded in a heavy storm.
Winters said Brooks would always encourage her to succeed in life. ‘He was always cool, he used to tell me I needed to finish school and he was always saying he was proud of me.
But now she says she will not visit him in prison if he is convicted. ‘I can’t have that in my life.’
When asked if she thought he had mowed down the paradegoers on purpose, she replied: ‘You don’t know what people are capable of doing until they do it.’
Darrell Brooks, 39, is charged with five murders after he allegedly plowed his red Ford SUV into the annual Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Dozens more were injured.
Now DailyMail.com has learned that he has a history of using his car as a weapon. As we revealed on Monday, he tried to run the mother of one of his children down in a gas station in Milwaukee.
And 10 years earlier a police officer who stopped him for not wearing a seatbelt allegedly became an intended victim.
According to court records, in March 2011, Milwaukee Police officer Garry Inman stopped Brooks on 44th Street in Milwaukee. Brooks initially gave a false name, Landon Deal.
‘After running a check on that name, the officer again asked the defendant to identify himself. At which point the defendant quickly turned on the ignition and placed it in drive,’ the court file says.
‘Fearing the defendant was attempting to run him over with the vehicle, PO Inman jumped into the vehicle.
‘He then began wrestling with (Brooks) to gain control of the vehicle. At one point he had to pull the wheel to the left to avoiding (sic) colliding with a parked car. He eventually was able to remove the key and the vehicle came to a stop.
‘At that point (Brooks) took flight from the officer. He was eventually located inside a small children’s playhouse.
‘He was ordered out but refused to comply and was pepper sprayed. He then charged at the officers, actively resisting arrest. He ultimately needed to be tasered twice before he was compliant with officer requests.’
According to court records, in March 2011, Milwaukee Police officer Garry Inman stopped Brooks on 44th Street in Milwaukee. Brooks initially gave a false name, Landon Deal
Brooks’ grandmother Dawn Woods also took out a similar no contact order against him
On November 2 — less than three weeks before the Waukesha incident – Brooks got into an altercation with the mother of his child. – Brooks was outside her room at a motel, yelling and cursing at her, her complaint to police stated
In the case with the mother of his child, identified in court papers only by her initials, EAP, who was staying in the American Inn motel in Milwaukee on November 2 — less than three weeks before the Waukesha incident – Brooks was outside EAP’s room at the motel, yelling and cursing at her, her complaint to police stated.
Then when she left to walk to a gas station, Brooks followed her and told her to get inside his vehicle. When she refused, he hit her with a closed fist.
‘EAP reported that Brooks then, intentionally and without consent, ran EAP over with his vehicle while EAP as walking though the parking lot of the BP gas station,’ the police report said.
Brooks was bailed for $1,000 on that charge on November 11, a figure the Milwaukee County District Attorney now says was ‘inappropriately low’ given his criminal history. The office has launched an internal review as to why he was able to get out on bond to commit more alleged crimes.
Darrell Brooks, the man accused of killing five people when he drove his SUV into a Christmas parade, has a history of using his vehicle as a weapon, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Not only did he try to run over the mother of one of his children earlier this year, but he also tried to knock down a cop who stopped him for not wearing a seatbelt, according to court records.
And after a separate incident both his grandmother and nephew took out restraining orders against him.
He also spent three months in prison this year for non-payment of child support.
The victims of the Waukesha massacre were identified on Monday. Three of the victims have been identified as Virginia Sorenson, 79, Leanna Owens, 71 and Tamara Durand, 52, all members of a group called the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies who were performing at the parade. Also killed were Citizen Bank employee Jane Kulich, 52, and 82-year-old Wilhelm Hospel, the husband of one of the grannies.
The incident comes just two days after Kyle Rittenhouse, the accused Kenosha shooter, was acquitted of murder charges in the deaths of two men during the unrest that erupted last year in the wake of a police shooting of a black man. Kenosha is located about 55 miles south of Waukesha. There is no indication yet that the two are connected
Brooks’ lengthy rap sheet includes felonies for bail jumping, battery, drugs offenses, weapons offenses and domestic abuse but he has never spent a significant amount of time in prison
Terrifying video posted to social media shows a speeding red SUV collide into a group of people marching in the middle of the street during the annual holiday parade in Waukesha, some 20 miles west of downtown Milwaukee
The city’s Police Chief Dan Thompson said at a press conference Monday: ‘This is not a terrorist event.’ Fire Chief Steve Howard said the scene was ‘like a warzone’.
‘It was just, for lack of a better word, carnage. There were adults, children injured.
‘Some of our first responders were there with their families and they left their families to help treat people. People with military backgrounds likened it to a war zone.’
Police sources told The Washington Post that Brooks he was fleeing the scene of a knife attack on Sunday when he smashed into the crowds at 4.39pm at the Waukesha parade.
One witness, a father whose daughter was in a dance troupe that was struck, said he made eye contact with him and that he was ‘calm and composed.’
The motive for Sunday’s attack remains unclear; police cannot confirm whether it was a deliberate act of terror or if Brooks accidentally ran into the crowds after losing control of his car while fleeing a knife crime.
Social media profiles reveal Brooks was an amateur rapper who went by the name MathBoi Fly and claimed to have ‘turned to the streets at a very young age’ while growing up in the ‘dangerous West Side neighborhood of Washington Park’.
He described himself as ‘the best underground artist in his city’. Those social media profiles have now been taken down.
On Saturday, he posted that he was ‘not surprised’ by the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict but authorities have not yet indicated whether the teen’s acquittal in a town less than an hour’s drive away has anything to do with the incident on Sunday.
Chief Thompson said one officer fired at the vehicle in an unsuccessful bid to stop it, with witnesses saying it sped along the parade route and did not slow down even as it hit a schoolgirls’ dance troupe and members of the Dancing Grannies, along with families sitting by the side of the road.
Dozens of pieces of footage — intended to capture joyous scenes from the annual event — ended up capturing the carnage instead, revealing the car traveled at least three blocks down the parade route before breaking through barriers and speeding away.
A picture captured later at a house a quarter mile from the carnage showed the vehicle involved backed on to a driveway with the hood badly dented and bent up. It is unclear how the vehicle came to be there.
Tamara Durand (left), 52, and Leana ‘Lee’ Owen (right), 71, were two members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies who died in Sunday’s tragedy.
Virginia Sorenson (left), 79, was a nurse and member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly woman marching in the parade. Wilhelm Hospel (right), 82, the husband of one of the grannies, died from internal bleeding, according to his older brother
Jane Kulich was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck
Corey Montiho, a Waukesha school district board member, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his daughter’s dance team — made up of girls aged between nine and 15 — was hit by the SUV.
‘There were pom-poms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere.
‘I had to go from one crumpled body to the other to find my daughter. My wife and two daughters were almost hit.
‘I saw bodies flying. I ran down the parade route to find my girls.
‘Addison, my daughter, heard someone yell ‘car’ and ran away. The girls right next to her were hit.
‘I was there. It was little kids and families… evil is real, fight it every chance you get.’
He told The Washington Post that Brooks was ‘calm and composed’ as he plowed through the crowd.
Others described how a moment of silence as people stood in shock gave way to screams of terror and scenes of chaos as people ran to tend to the wounded.
The incident occurred just two days after Rittenhouse, the accused Kenosha shooter, was acquitted of murder charges in the deaths of two men during the unrest that erupted last year in the wake of a police shooting of a black man.
Kenosha is some 55 miles south of Waukesha.