The announcement Friday of an arrest within the deadly Phoenix highway rage taking pictures of a 10-year-old lady in her household’s driveway was of little consolation to her grieving dad and mom.
Taniesha and Dharquintium Brown, who was additionally wounded, mentioned they have been grateful somebody was in custody however that nothing would deliver again their daughter, Summerbell. Her loss of life began due to one thing “mindless,” they mentioned.
“I hope that he suffers as a lot as we do,” Taniesha Brown mentioned as she stood exterior her dwelling, steps away from their automotive, which had a number of bullet holes. “Not solely did he spoil our lives, he ruined his life as effectively. He’s going to must stay with this the remainder of his life — if he has a conscience.”
Police arrested Joshua Gonzalez after receiving a tip from the general public. Gonzalez, 20, has an “prolonged legal historical past” involving violent crime, mentioned Police Chief Jeri Williams, who declined to reveal particulars.
Williams credited suggestions from the general public with serving to investigators.
“Our investigators have been capable of actually shut this case as a result of the neighborhood members stepped up,” she mentioned.
Gonzalez was arrested about 5 miles (eight kilometres) from the household’s dwelling.
The couple mentioned they have been on their means dwelling Wednesday night after choosing their youngsters up from the Boys & Ladies Membership after they seen one other driver carefully behind them. After they pulled into the driveway, Dharquintium Brown went to confront the suspect. Taniesha Brown mentioned she made eye contact with the driving force and that’s when the taking pictures began.
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She noticed her husband was bleeding profusely after which regarded within the backseat. Their 12-year-old daughter was not injured however Summerbell, who had been sleeping, clearly was.
“All I heard was her gasp out of her sleep. She was simply shaking and he or she was attempting to breathe,” Taniesha Brown mentioned. “Then she fell over and that’s after I seen the bullet gap in her again. She was simply gasping for air.”
Paramedics tried to resuscitate her.
“They pronounced her useless on the hospital however I knew she had died proper in entrance of my eyes,” Dharquintium Brown mentioned.
Police have mentioned the suspect believed the household’s automotive had lower him off.
After the alleged killing, authorities made the surveillance video public, exhibiting the suspect driving a white pickup truck whereas following the household’s car.
Police discovered the pickup truck on Thursday with its wheels modified and obtained a search warrant that led to the invention of a handgun in a storage. Forensic proof linked the gun to Summerbell’s killing, police spokesman Vincent Lewis mentioned.
Taniesha Brown believes that Gonzalez altered the automotive’s look as a result of he panicked at discovering on the market have been youngsters within the automotive.
The household deliberate to carry a vigil Friday night time in entrance of their dwelling. Summerbell, who additionally glided by Summer time, was a fifth-grader who beloved dancing, singing and gymnastics. She beloved faculty and made the honour roll each quarter, in response to her mom.
“She was a beautiful, fantastic child,” Taniesha Brown mentioned.
At his preliminary court docket look Friday, Gonzalez was ordered held on a $1 million cash-only bond. He’s dealing with one rely of first-degree homicide, three counts of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon and one rely of tampering or destroying proof.
Clare Schum, his court-appointed lawyer, didn’t remark when reached by phone.