BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A well-known educator, community servant, and pastor was gunned down early Monday morning in Baton Rouge.
Broderick Brooks, 34, was member of the East Feliciana School Board and a publicist for RKM Primary Care in Clinton, La. People who knew Brooks remember him as upbeat, hard-working, and helpful.
Ginger Hunt, the CEO of RKM, said she worked with him for 10 years.
"He was always happy, always smiling. If he was down, he dressed up and put on a colorful tie and colorful shirt and he'd say, 'I love my job. Ms. Ginger, I love my job,'" Hunt said.
Brooks connected the clinic to the community. Hunt said his laughter filled the halls. He was well respected by his coworkers and was recently named employee of the month.
"He was not ever not helping someone out. It didn't matter who it was, where they worked, what they did. If you ask him to give you a hand, he gave you a hand," Hunt said.
On Monday morning, their world got a little darker. Baton Rouge Police said Brooks was found shot to death in the passenger seat of a car on Wenonah Street.
"He was our pulse. He was our face," Hunt said.
Brooks played many roles in his community. He was also a school board member and a friend to almost everyone he met.
Board President Michael Bradford said Brooks kept his colleagues on their toes.
"When he comes into a room, he lights up a room. He has a great personality, has no enemies. Once you meet him you never forget him," Bradford said.
Superintendent Carlos Sam said Brooks visited schools often and was his eyes and ears in the classrooms.
"If there was something that needs to be addressed, he would send me a picture or a conversation with an employee. He was that involved," Sam said.
Brooks was also a singer and recently ordained pastor. Those who knew him said he never stopped working to better his community. His efforts won't soon be forgotten.
"He'll be greatly missed, greatly missed," Hunt said.
Brooks leaves behind a wife and three children.
Police said they have no suspects or motives. Anyone with any information that could help detectives is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.