• Family offers $15K reward for information about man's kidnapping, death


    The family of a man shot and killed Saturday morning is offering a $15,000 reward for information about his death.

    Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach spoke with the victim’s aunt who says the family has ideas about who may have done this and who they were targeting.

    Police said Jeronta Brown, 24, and Briana Brooks, 21, were kidnapped and then each shot in the head sometime before 6 a.m. Saturday.

    According to police, the couple got out of their car in front of Brown’s home around 12:30 a.m. Saturday and was approached by a group of men in a van.

    “Once they got out of the car, the other guys came out walking towards them saying ‘FBI, FBI’ and showing badges,” said Myesha Brown, Jeronta Brown’s aunt.

    Officials said they tried to get other family members to open the front door.

    “They were asking specifically for Jaronta’s stepfather, so we’re stating that maybe he could have been the exact target,” said Myesha Brown.

    They family thinks the kidnappers may have thought the family had money. They called demanding a $150,000 ransom. When their demands weren’t met, the family thinks they got frustrated.

    About four hours later, both victims were discovered handcuffed and shot in the head on Ridge Avenue in northwest Atlanta 18 miles away.
    Brown died, but Brooks was rushed to an area hospital and is in serious condition. Police said she was seven months pregnant. She is on life support after giving birth to a healthy baby girl.

    The family says Brooks and Brown also have an 8-month-old daughter. 

    Brown’s family is in contact with Atlanta police and did not want to release too much detail about who they think is responsible.
    They hope the reward will help.

    “One of your friends is bound to talk. Whoever had anything to do with this situation,  they need money. One of them is bound to spill the beans. It was all over money to begin with, so somebody is bound to talk,” Myesha Brown said.

    Brown’s funeral is planned for Saturday. A vigil will be held at their home on Thursday.

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