Victim's loved ones say teens' surrender to police in deadly shooting was 'an act'

Charlie McDaniel and Isaac McDaniel.

ATLANTA — Loved ones said they don't feel sorry for two young teen brothers accused in the deadly shooting outside a southwest Atlanta gas station.

They believe the alleged killers surrendered at a church for their own good.

The family of Anthony Brooks called the surrender a show, saying the focus was put on young lives instead of the victim and the life lost.

Anthony Brooks.

Tawanna Brooks told Channel 2’s Nicole Carr there is nothing that will bring her nephew back and there’s no excuse for his alleged killers.

"I don't care if they were 15 or 50. I don't care if they were 16 or 60. He's dead," Brooks said about the teens accused of killing Anthony Brooks.

Brooks will be buried on Thursday, the same time Isaac McDaniel, 15, and Charlie McDaniel, 16, will face a judge on murder charges.


The 50-year-old was gunned down in front of a Campbellton Road gas station Thursday night. Police said the McDaniel brothers were behind the triggers.

Witnesses said Brooks confronted the teens over recent carjackings hours after their mugshots were released by Atlanta police.

Their mother arranged their surrender. The boys had no idea they were being led to the family church for prayer and arrests.


“That whole entire showing up at the church thing with a video camera and somebody giving it to the media, that was for show in my opinion,” Brooks said.

Brooks’ family said it was sickened to learn of the teens' 30 prior arrests and 100 interactions with APD, as described by police in a news conference this week.

“I am not holding the parents responsible. I am not holding the judicial system responsible. Nobody put those guns in those boys’ hands and told them to shoot my nephew. They're 100 percent responsible for what they did," Brooks told Carr.

Brooks' funeral service begins at 1 p.m. Thursday. The McDaniel brothers will face a judge at 2:30 p.m. in Fulton County Superior Court.