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Someone out there has to think about this: Do you want to go to your grave knowing you helped a psycho killer go unpunished?
On Judgment Day, do you want to be the one who ignored a grieving mother’s prayers for answers — and justice — for her murdered son?
Eight years ago this month, 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell of Brooklyn left his mother’s Gates Ave. apartment in Bushwick. It was the last time his mother would see him alive.
Three days after the teen’s disappearance, two subway workers made a horrific discovery in a tunnel leading to the Nostrand Ave. station in nearby Bedford-Stuyvesant. The trackmen found a bloody plastic bag filled with body parts on a concrete tunnel catwalk north of the A-train platform.
“There was a foot protruding from one side,” one of the shaken workers said.
More body parts were found at a recycling center where subway garbage is hauled.
Brazell wasn’t just killed. He was butchered. He was beheaded and dismembered and tossed aside like trash.
All these years later, detectives have been unable to determine where Brazell was killed, never mind who did it or why. A $22,000 reward for information is still unclaimed.
“It’s been eight years,” a weary Desire Brazell said recently. “I just want to know who did this to my son. I’m just hoping somebody will come forward.”
It’s still difficult for Desire to talk about Rashawn. It will always be difficult. He was bright, funny, gregarious. The life of the party. People naturally gravitated to him, those who knew him said.
Rashawn was into fashion and designed his own clothes. He worked for a time in a clothing store but was thinking of studying Web design. He was full of promise.
And then someone took his life.
In the first three years after the murder, family and friends held memorial marches and vigils, hoping the publicity would generate a fruitful tip for detectives. The case also was featured several times on “America’s Most Wanted.”
Desire’s hopes were raised — and dashed. A woman anonymously called “America’s Most Wanted,” but then hung up, Desire said. During one of the marches, a woman approached Desire’s sister, but then disappeared.
“Blended into the crowd, I guess,” Desire said.
Another burst of publicity could be in the making. Terik King of Harlem is making a documentary on the case. The trailer for “Rashawn’s Desire: The Untold Story of Rashawn Brazell” is powerful, and painful.
Desire, talking about her bonds with Rashawn, says in the trailer, “When you saw one — you saw the other. It was more than just a mother-son relationship. He was my best friend.”
If you have any information on the murder of Rashawn Brazell, do the right thing. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS — if not for your conscience, then for your bank account.
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