Mother of murdered son welcomes back LVMPD Gangs/VICE Bureau

LAS VEGAS - One valley mother is happy to see the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department bring back it’s Gangs/VICE Bureau.

She credits detectives with the unit for bringing her son’s killers to justice.

"My son's life was taken for $20," said Karen Brill-Kelley.

Brill-Kelley lost her son, 16-year-old Aric Brill, to gang violence. She says he was robbed and fatally shot for pocket change.

"A lot of people think gang violence is just between gangs, but it's not. It's against the people in our city and our tourists," Brill-Kelley said. 

Investigators say witnesses saw the shooting, but none wanted to come forward with information.

Despite the setback, Aric’s family never stopped fighting for justice.

"It's a long hard road. It's been eight years, and it will always break my heart, but this past year when my son's murderers were arrested, I was able to take my grief and turn it into another direction," Brill-Kelley said.

Police arrested four suspects and charged them with Aric’s murder last summer.

"I was so relieved to see these guys off the street because that was the weight of the world off my back," Brill-Kelley said.

Brill-Kelley says at times, the case went cold, but Metro's Gangs/VICE Bureau never gave up and kept digging.

"By putting those pieces together that only the gang unit could do, they were able to come up with something to have Aric's murders arrested," Brill-Kelley said.

She says she’s relieved to hear the gang unit is back on the streets putting their expertise and time into investigations in which they specialize.

"The gang unit has been very instrumental in locating, pinpointing these gang members by their tattoos, by their territory, by the crimes they commit," Brill-Kelley said.

Brill-Kelley has a message to those detectives who kept pushing forward for so many years for Aric.

"To all the detectives that made an arrest in my son's case, I thank you very much. They were able to give me my life back," Brill-Kelley said.

All four men facing charges in Aric’s case will be in court on April 24. 


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