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EXCLUSIVE: Columbus mother pleads for help catching a killer


At 5 a.m. some families are waking up to begin their day, but one Columbus mother was getting the call every parent dreads. 
Two weeks after her son was murdered, a Columbus mother is determined to find his killer. The woman spoke exclusively with our Brittany Dionne to send a message to the community. 

"I still feel like my child is here," Dionne Henley reveals.

Henley says she feels her son, 20-year-old Marael Brooks is pushing her to find out the truth of what happened on August 8, 2014. 
Brooks was inside a home on the 2900 block of Gleason Avenue when a hail of gunfire erupted; the home was struck multiple times.
Brooks was shot once in the chest. He died at the scene.

"He just turned 20. He wasn't twenty for two months," Henley says. 

The family says the news of Brooks' death came as a shock to them.

"He was a fun-going guy. he never bothered anybody," Wanda Little recalls. 

"I'm with Wanda, Marael was the most respectable child. The day before he passed he took my son to get his hair cut before the first day of school," Jayme Mitich says. 

Henley is pleading to the community to help her find the person that took her sons life.

"I'm asking the community - friends... the ones that say that they were Marael's friends, his home boys, if they were outside-- and they feel like if they call the police they are snitching- no you're not snitching. That was your friend, you looked at him like a brother, do the right thing and call the police department," Henley suggests. 

She says she won't give up until the person is caught and brought to justice. 

"I'm not going to let it go. I'm going to keep asking questions. If I have to call the police station everyday- I want to know what's going on? Where are y'all in the case? Have you found anyone? Do you have any suspects? You know, the questions that a parent would ask," Henley declares. 

Columbus investigators tell us they are searching for several people to question about this case. 

If you have any information about the murder of Marael Brooks, please contact police at (706) 653-3400.

A family member of the victim was arrested for illegal substances shortly after finding his body, read the update on that case here.

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