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Family Seeks Answers in Man's Beating Death

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- Family members of Antwan Brooks are now raising questions in murder which is 9th homicide in the city of Jackson this year.

Despite an autopsy, investigators are not releasing the cause of death for Antwan Brooks, 35 of Denmark who was found beaten to death early Sunday morning.

"They beat him, they took his pants off, hung it on a basketball goal like he was a dog," said Brook's mother, Cynthia Williams, "No, you know what?, dogs get treated better than that."

Witnesses tell 7 Eyewitness News, Brook's was beaten to death by a group of people along Carolane Drive in West Jackson. When police arrived, investigators said Brooks was lying in the middle of the road face down covered in blood. Family members said they are baffled and confused with the condition in which residents found Brooks in. Police said after the beating, the victim's pants were taken off and hung over a neighborhood basketball goal. " You didn't have to do him like that," said Luvania Brooks, Antwan Brooks' aunt.

Brook's aunt said this was supposed to be an exciting time for her nephew. She said Brooks who was a loving father of four, just recently learned his fiance was pregnant with a boy. "He was always smiling and we always joking and having a good time all the time," said Luvania Brooks.

Williams said her son was a family man who spent a lot of time with his children. The last time Williams saw her son, she said they talked about future plans for a wedding in the making.

Police said they do not believe Brooks was involved in anything criminal, the night he was killed. Investigators said, he was simply waiting at the residence for a ride home. So far police have made no arrests in this case. Family members said they believe there are witnesses who could help but are too scared to come forward.

"I believe they know and they're scared and we'll never solve any problems if you don't tell." said Brooks.

Family members said they just want to know what happened at the mailbox and why. Williams said she will not stop searching for answers until there is justice for her son. "You took my child away from me and I'm not going to rest, " said Williams. "My family is not going to rest until somebody pays for taking my son."

Family members said they are pleading for help and closure.
"Please come forward and help us get some closure, we have to get some of these murderers off these streets," said Brooks.

Right now police said they have made no arrests. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-4224-8477 (TIPS)