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Former New Jersey track star Daveigh Brooks, 25, fatally shot in Trenton, police say


A former track standout at Burlington City High School and Bloomfield College was fatally shot Monday night in Trenton, authorities said.

Daveigh Brooks, 25, was found dead in the driver’s seat of a black Ford Fusion in the middle of Greeley Alley shortly before 9:30 p.m., the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said. 

Ewing police officers heard gunshots while working an unrelated traffic stop nearby and responded to the scene, investigators said. Trenton police also arrived after receiving a ShotSpotter report that multiple rounds had been fired near the 300 block of Ellis Avenue, located a half block away from where Brooks was found. 

Brooks starred on the track team at Burlington City High School, where he won a number of 400 and 800 meter races before going on to compete at Bloomfield College, where he was a criminal justice major. During his freshman year, he led the men’s team to their first title in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. 

“He was a very active and positive young man gone too soon,” Pastor Lawrence Boyd, of Trenton’s Chosen Generation Church, wrote in a Facebook post about Brooks’ death.

From the womb until death, from seeing you daily at VCS calling me LB, Mr. Boyd, Minister or Uncle to seeing you in…

Posted by Lawrence Boyd on Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Boyd told NJ.com that Brooks’ family is from Trenton. Brooks had attended Village Charter School before his family moved to Burlington City during his high school years. Police said Brooks most recently lived in Ewing. 

The investigation into the shooting remains ongoing and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Tips also can be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.





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