Man Charged With Murdering Macon Woman

8:25 AM, May 30, 2012   |    comments
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 A Macon man is now charged with murdering a woman on Memorial Day.

Just after 5 a.m. Monday, 31-year-old Nettra Brooks was shot in a home on Montpelier Avenue.

On Wednesday morning, police said they arrested Nicholas Jermaine Foster and charged him with felony Murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

He's now in the Bibb County jail.

Police say there may be other suspects in the killing.

Anyone with information on the case can call Macon police at 751-7500 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

On Tuesday, Brooks' family mourned their loss and hoped for an arrest in the case.



"We called her Bug. They always said where's Nettra? Where's Bug?" says Brooks' sister, Tomiko Brooks.

According to a police report, Brooks was shot just below her left armpit.

"She always said I was the momma," Brooks says, looking at a picture of of her sister.

Tomiko Brooks says she didn't know why her sister died, but calls it a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"It's not right for people to go around shootin' up people's houses and taking people's lives for nothin'," she says.

Family gathered at Brooks' aunt's home, just down the road on Brentwood Avenue on Tuesday.

Her aunt, Bernice Brooks, says she raised Nettra from the time she was a child.

She says a neighbor knocked on her door Monday morning, saying there was a shooting. Brooks says she found her niece's body inside the Montpelier Avenue home, where family members say she was staying with friends.

Family members suspect the shooting was random, and a police report says other people were inside the home when shots were fired.

"And they really didn't care who they killed. They didn't care. They deserve to go to jail, whoever did it," says Chemeka Williams, Brooks' cousin.

Macon police are still looking for the gunman.

For Brooks' family, it was a Memorial Day spent remembering the 31-year-old who they say lent a helping hand to anyone. The shooting leaves unanswered questions for family and police.

Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet could not be reached for comment on how many shots were fired, and how many people were home at the time of the shooting.

Brooks' uncle, Charles Melvin, says she's been staying at the Montpelier Avenue home for the past few months.

Brooks' sister says Brooks has a 4-year-old son, who is currently staying with his grandmother in Atlanta.

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