BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) – The search is on to find the group of masked intruders who allegedly murdered a Bradenton couple at their home early Thursday morning. Police say the couple’s five children were inside the home at the time of the killings. The children were not injured in the incident.
Police identified the victims as Kantral Brooks and Esther Deneus, both 29. The pair were boyfriend and girlfriend and are believed to have lived at the home, which is located in the 3900 block of Southern Parkway West, and is across the street from an elementary school. The couple were the parents of the children, who range in age from 1 to 11-years old. The children have since been placed in custody of Child Protective Services.
Bradenton police released chilling surveillance video that captured a group of three masked intruders throwing a brick through the front door of the home around 3:50 a.m. Thursday. The suspects then walked in carrying weapons. Police say they first killed 29-year-old Kantral Brooks near the front door. Then they shot his girlfriend 29-year-old Ester Deneus inside the house.
Police say the intruders then fled on foot toward the east. As news spread, family members were mourning. Brooks’ mother collapsed on the street screaming, “Kantral! Kantral!”
Deneus’ uncle, Saint Alet Azor cried out, “I ain’t gonna see her no more. Somebody [took] her life…forever.” Brooks’ sister, Shemeaka Waters said, “Whoever did this, its just messed up. It is. Why did you have to kill him? You didn’t have to do that! But you did.” Waters continued, “[The children] don’t know what’s going on, they’re probably still in shock.”
Police tell 8 On Your Side this is a safe neighborhood and there have been no reports of violent crimes at this home. At this point, there is no motive known, but police say somebody out there knows something. Lt. James Racky with the Bradenton Police Department said, “Word of mouth will come around. Whoever came to this house and did this act today, they will be talking about it and somebody knows about it and the family”
There’s a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information on this case, is encouraged to call the Bradenton Police Department.
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