A compilation of daily news articles from around the United States about deaths (including both people and animals) that appear to occur in the context of a past or present intimate relationship, focusing on 2009-present. (NOTE: this blog is limited to incidents that appear in the media and are captured by our search terms. We recognize this is not an exhaustive portrayal of all deaths resulting from intimate violence.)
When is society going to realize intimate violence makes victims of us all?
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — 28-year-old Keith Brooks is now charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide and misdemeanor battery in connection with the death of his wife, Anita.
Anita Brooks was shot and killed in an apartment near 35th and Highland on Milwaukee’s west side early on Sunday, January 27th. Police say the incident was a result of domestic violence.
The criminal complaint against Brooks says on the morning of the alleged offense, he and his wife, Anita were having an argument. When he tried to leave the apartment, Keith Brooks told police Anita tried to stop him. He told police he “slapped her once to the face with an open hand and then pushed her down to the floor.”
The complaint indicates when Brooks then tried to leave the room again, he heard the sound of a click. Keith Brooks told police “he observed his wife holding her .380 caliber pistol in her right hand and that she was holding the firearm in front of her and looking down at it.” Brooks claims Anita then shot herself.
However, the medical examiner states in the criminal complaint that “the victim died as a result of this gunshot wound and that she did not die as a result of a suicide.” The doctor said this was based on the “location of the wound and the fact that there was no indication of any soot, stippling or tattooing that would be associated with a suicide.”
FOX6 News has learned Anita Brooks was a poet, using the stage name Anita Bee.
On Thursday, Homer Blow listened to his last radio interview with Bee.
“I don’t see anyone that would want to cause harm to her. (Keith Brooks) did a horrific thing and he has to own up to it and stop making excuses. I think it’s an insult to the family and her friends to even make (suicide) accusations,” Blow said.
If convicted, Brooks faces up to life in prison.
Visitation and funeral services for Anita Brooks are set for Wednesday, February 6th at All Saints Catholic Church. Visitation is from 10:00 a.m. until noon, and the funeral service starts at noon.
A fund for the couple’s three-year-old daughter has been set up at Educator’s Credit Union under the name “Anita Brooks.”