Three suspects arrested for murder of Eric Brown

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Three suspects have been arrested in connection with a shooting at La Moine Park in Richmond Monday night that killed 21-year-old Eric Brown and injured a 19-year-old man, police said.

On Tuesday, three local men — Karmani Ely, 19, of San Pablo (pictured on left), Richard Taylor, 19, of Richmond (middle) and Anthony Tolliver, 22, of Richmond (right) — were arrested for the murder of Eric Brown, and the weapons used in the crime were recovered, according to the Richmond Police Department, which posted the above photos of the suspects on social media.

On Thursday, the three suspects were charged for murder and robbery, police said.

Detectives believe the attack resulted from a “narcotics transaction gone awry.”

The shooting happened about 10:50 p.m. at the park at 3501 Morningside Drive. Officers arrived and found Brown and a 19-year-old Rodeo man suffering from gunshot wounds. Despite efforts to save him, Brown (pictured below) succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The 19-year-old suffered wounds to his lower extremities and is recovering.

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“The department is extremely proud of the homicide detectives and patrol officers who kept their focus in finding the perpetrators of this senseless crime,” police said, adding they hoped the arrests would bring some closure to Brown’s family.

The loss of Brown has deeply affected loved ones and community members who knew him. An online fundraiser launched to cover after-life expenses described Brown as “the most caring and generous person you’d ever meet.”

At the time of his death, Brown had been working as a mechanic at Hilltop Dodge for about a year.

“He’d give up the shirt off his back if a friend needed it,” sister-in-law Nicole Wadsworth said, adding he had a zest for laugh and could make anyone laugh.

 

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