Friend of Evansville murder victim remembers childhood together

Evansville police are continuing to investigate a double murder.

It happened on east Maryland Street around 10:30 p.m. EPD says officers responded to a “shots fired” call.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear says 29-year-old Dewone Broomfield and 28-year-old Mary Patrice Chalonda Woodruff died at two Evansville hospitals before midnight on Monday.

Two witnesses tell Eyewitness News that they heard gunshots and saw two men running from the house where the victims were found.

Police have arrested two people in the case.

19-year-old William Rice and 22-year-old Deshay Hackner are the two suspects - now in custody following a car chase that ended in Evansville’s south-east side.

Both Rice and Hackner had warrants for murder and a history of criminal behavior.

Police haven't released any information on the suspects relationships to the double murder victims.

There was a third person involved in the car chase, but EPD says the third person is not a suspect in the double murder investigation.

We spoke with one of the victim's childhood friends about the person he was through her eyes.

While there are still many missing pieces to the puzzle, Gabrielle McDonald, a childhood friend of Broomfield’s, remembers a boy that changed her life.

“When moved here from California he was one of the first people I met,” said McDonald.

She says Broomfield, also known as Booman, was outgoing, funny and just about everyone knew him.

“I don't know how we got the name Booman for Booman,” said McDonald.

Teaching her valuable lessons when they were just kids, “He always taught me it's tough out here but you gotta keep going.”

McDonald says she's lost a lot of friends recently, but the loss of Booman has caused her to speak out even more.

“A lot of people are going out and they're not thinking and they're taking all the memories that I have of all my friends and Booman was a very good person. He impacted my life in a very positive way and I'll never forget him. Ever.”

And even though they've parted ways as they got older, “The last time I think I took it for granted. Cause we didn't talk that long. And it was almost like he was coming back to say goodbye.”

Now he's gone, she wants his name to be remembered.

“For the loving person that he was, for the caring person he is, for the great father he is and for the great friend he was to me and i will never forget you baby.”

(This article was originally published October 31, 2017)


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