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Murder Mystery: Who killed Tacoma father of five in 1994?

Tacoma Cold Case Detective Gene Miller is determined to find out who killed a father of five in south Tacoma 20 years ago. He’s processing evidence in the murder of 53-year-old Bonny Brooks. Brooks was shot and stabbed in his home on Sept. 12, 1994. Detective Miller told Washington’s Most Wanted’s Cold Case Correspondent Parella Lewis that there was no sign of forced entry, but money and possibly a firearm were stolen.

“My hope is that the person or persons responsible for this, based upon the injuries sustained by the victim, would quite likely have had not only the person’s property but potentially the person’s blood on their person,” Miller said. He also believes there are people who know who killed Brooks who haven’t come forward. “The victim was last seen alive by his wife and two step children when they left around 5:30 in the morning.” Brooks was scheduled to see a doctor at 8 a.m. for a back injury but never left his home. His oldest daughter Isabelle Hommel remembers her father as an avid outdoorsman. “We used to go camping every single weekend – winter, spring, summer, fall,” said Hommel.

She said her father taught her how to fish and was involved with all of the kids. “He coached basketball, my brother’s soccer, and my sister’s – they were doing gymnastics,” Hommel said. Brooks’ family believes it will probably take someone coming forward with information to give answers they’ve been seeking for almost two decades. “If anyone could think back on that time, if they lived in that area and remember, maybe they heard someone talking about something and has any information. We would greatly appreciate it so that we can move on with the story that it’s solved,” Hommel said.

If you know anything about this crime, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County anonymously at 1-800-222-tips.