This weekend, many people were in shock to hear Joshua Brown, Botham Jean‘s neighbor who testified during the Amber Guyger murder trial, was shot and killed. There are many theories circulating on social media, but ultimately people are asking for an independent investigation outside of the Dallas Police Department.
Lee Merritt, attorney for the Jean family, broke the news on social media on Saturday, “Joshua Brown, the next door neighbor of #BothamJean was killed last night after being shot several times by an unknown assailant. Local media has reported on the shooting but have not confirmed Brown’s identity. Because, Brown worked closely with prosecutors just a week ago to ensure Amber Guyger was properly convicted in the murder trial, the DA’s office has fairly direct contact with Brown and his family.”
Joshua Brown was shot in his mouth & chest. He was exiting his car at his apt when he was ambushed & shot at close range. His mother asked my office to help find out who murdered her son. She suspects foul play. He had no known enemies. He worked for a living. We need answers. pic.twitter.com/k0KizSLMHi
— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) October 5, 2019
Merritt confirmed Brown was killed but a suspect or motive is not known.
“The case is now in the hands of the Dallas Police Department… Brown deserves the same justice he sought to ensure the Jean family,” Merritt wrote. “The Dallas County criminal justice system must mobilized [sic] to identify his killer and see that he is held accountable for this murder.”
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Joshua Brown, the next door neighbor of #BothamJean was killed last night after being shot several times by an unknown assailant. Local media has reported on the shooting but have not confirmed Brown’s identity. Because, Brown worked closely with prosecutors just a week ago to ensure Amber Guyger was properly convicted in the murder trial, the DA’s office has fairly direct contact with Brown and his family. An ADA has confirmed that it was in fact Brown who was killed although they have yet to identify a suspect or motive for the shooting. The case is now in the hands of the Dallas Police Department. Brown’s testimony stood out as a fact witness who was approaching his apartment directly across from Botham Jean’s apartment when shots rang out. Brown was still visibly shaken up from the incident when he took the stand to testify on behalf of the prosecution. His murder underscores the reality of the black experience in America. A former athlete turned entrepreneur— Brown lived in constant fear that he could be the next victim of gun violence, either state sanctioned or otherwise. We have more work to do deal with the constant threats to our community both from within and without. Brown deserves the same justice he sought to ensure the Jean family. The Dallas County criminal justice system must mobilized to identify his killer and see that he is held accountable for this murder.
Merrit also appeared on CBS this morning, saying, “W
A key witness in the murder trial of a former Dallas police officer is now dead, and police are trying to find out who killed him. Joshua Brown, Botham Jean's neighbor, was shot to death on Friday. @OmarVillafranca explains. pic.twitter.com/rOo3UxNWFV
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 7, 2019
Brown, who said he lived directly across the hall from Jean, testified that the two never formally met but said he could always hear Jean singing. That seemed to be an indication of the acoustics in the apartment building. Brown, like the other neighbors who testified, claimed he never heard any verbal commands being given before he heard the gun shots fired that killed Jean. Brown delivered an unforgettable and emotional testimony. Watch below.
No one in that courtroom hugged Joshua Brown when he broke down crying on the witness stand.
Instead they hugged and coddled the murderer, while two Black men died at her expense.
And that, folks, is first-class white supremacy.
— Cam’ron Moore (@CamtheNavigator) October 6, 2019
— spring💫🍀☆ (@bomslover) October 6, 2019
Brown's identity should have been protected. He was Botham Jean's neighbor.
He was a black man testifying in a murder of another black man by a white police officer. He lived in the same complex as the murderer. This could have been prevented if anyone cared#Justice4JoshuaBrown https://t.co/EGKQXB6hur
— Wiktor Dynarski (@wdynarski) October 6, 2019
@DallasPD is illegitimate and there is no way that they should investigate this case. The investigation for the murder of Joshua Brown should be done independent of this incompetent agency. They are suspects. #Justice4JoshuaBrown
— Talley: Shea Butter Hottie (@Talleyberrybaby) October 6, 2019
It’s not a mystery what happened here. Joshua Brown got murdered because he helped put Amber in jail. She killed an innocent man and another innocent man was killed. Protect the lady who recorded the video bc this is horrific. #Justice4JoshuaBrown
— 𝖘𝖕𝖔𝖔𝖍𝖞 𝔗𝔞𝔶𝔩𝔬𝔯🥀 (@TaylorLaurrenn) October 6, 2019
I’m not usually into conspiracies, but this is hella suspicious. #Justice4JoshuaBrown
Botham Jean's neighbor who testified in Amber Guyger trial fatally shot in Dallashttps://t.co/pA1v4lRLRP
— Lauren Alexander (@mountainpaddle) October 6, 2019
So how many celebrities and "objective" news readers who praised that docile "forgiveness" display are talking about #Justice4JoshuaBrown this Sunday morning?
— Torraine Walker (@TorraineWalker) October 6, 2019
How did a educated black entrepreneur man get gunned down in an nonviolent apartment complex with no affiliation with gangs or drug trafficking. @DallasPD @dallasnews @DallasMayor ??? How? #Justice4JoshuaBrown #
— Black Girls Workout (@blkgirlsworkout) October 6, 2019
Are we going to hug the person who killed Joshua Brown also? #Justice4JoshuaBrown
— Mook (@2k1Mook) October 6, 2019
#Justice4JoshuaBrown this story doesn’t sit right with my spirit. Innocent man found dead after he testified again the cop who got 10 years in Dallas for her killing a unarmed black man in his own apartment. This case was messed up from the beginning and tampered with. https://t.co/FS2zELaAFA
— Phoenix (@PhoenixHolley) October 6, 2019
Excuse me, what?
I dare someone to tell me this is just a coincidence. He helps get a cop convicted for murdering an innocent black man, and just a few days later he himself is murdered?
— nickel | loves spooky season 🎃🍂😱 (@nickelkeep) October 5, 2019
The murder was brazen.
The murder looks like it was meant to send a message.
Who will investigate the investigators?#Justice4JoshuaBrown
— Warren Fan (@WarrenFan4) October 6, 2019
This article originally appeared on NewsOne.