The 18-year-old who was killed in a park shootout on Friday has been described by his mother as cheerful and full of life.
Eric Brooks was a football star who graduated this year from Spring Mountain High School, a youth camp for delinquent teens. His mother, Chris Jackson, described him as very intelligent, athletic and never disrespectful.
“He was smiling and going about his business,” she said. “She was a special person.”
Jackson struggles to understand why his son was killed.
“I am angry, bitter, everywhere,” she said. “I just miss my baby.”
Police responded to reports of gunfire around 10:30 p.m. Friday at a small residential park near Blue Diamond and Fort Apache roads. Officers found Brooks lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds.
Witnesses told police Brooks was sitting on a bench before the shooting and a dark SUV was parked nearby. The SUV left after the shooting.
Brooks, a quarterback, guided his team to a 68-46 victory over Pahranagat Valley when his team won the Class 1A soccer championship in November. He was the Golden Eagles’ offensive MVP last season.
“He was a son, a brother, a nephew, a friend, a good person,” Jackson said. “They really hurt this family when they did that. It is something that cannot be replaced.
No arrests had been made on Monday. Anyone with information about the incident can contact the Homicide Section of the Metropolitan Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.