Students Face Murder Charges in Connection with Deadly Home Invasion

Three Faulkner University athletes are now being charged with murder.
Montgomery Police continue to investigate an attempted robbery that ended with a Faulkner
University football player dead.

Three Faulkner University students are each being charged with one count of murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Ryan Brooks. Montgomery Police say Brooks, along with Marshall Wall, Ronnie Williams, and Tabias Russell, all 19 years old, were attempting to break into a home on Woodmere Boulevard Wednesday night, when the homeowner shot and killed Brooks in self defense.

“I’m just shocked,” says Faulkner student Maya Lilly. “I don’t know what to say. I’m still trying to deal with the fact that he’s gone.”

Faulkner University students are still trying to make sense of what happened.

“You really don’t hear about stuff like this happening everyday on a Christian campus but my heart really goes out to the family,” says Nicholas Deveaux.

Brooks, Russell and Williams were all on Faulkner’s junior varsity football team. Marshall was on the soccer team. Jean Thompson, the Vice President of Student Services says there were no prior behavioral issues for any of the students.

“We’ve had no serious issues with any of these students,” Thompson says. “What I mean by that is no one on this campus is perfect. Might someone had missed curfew or things like that, we might have other things that we always want to look into but there has not been any serious issues with either of these students.”

Faulkner Police Chief Tony Dean says the investigation will continue.

“I do not feel that it is over, simply because there’s always rumors, there’s always innuendos, there’s always things that pop up and we’re going to run every one of those to the ground.”

Around campus, there’s talk of hazing but Faulkner officials are denying those allegations.

“This has nothing to do with any social club process,” Thompson says. “There’s no hazing whatsoever involved in this situation.”

The Faulkner Junior Varsity Football team met today with counselors to discuss the situation.

Wall, Williams and Russell were taken to the Montgomery Country Jail where each was being held on a 75 thousand dollars bond. Faulkner officials say on campus counseling and support is available for all students.

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