Man allegedly kills two family members in Wall, as sheriff, victim's friend weigh in on tragedy
Updated On: Jul 31 2013 08:42:35 AM CDT
A $500,000 bond has been set for the father of two who allegedly shot and killed his estranged wife and her brother.
Brian Berry, 40, allegedly took the lives of his estranged wife, Keri Berry, 36, and her brother Brandon Block, 31. He also allegedly shot and critically injured Block’s 26-year-old wife, Susan, who is currently in a San Angelo hospital.
According to a criminal complaint filed with a Tom Green County justice of the peace, the shootings occurred at 7701 FM 1223 in Wall near San Angelo. Susan was able to call 911 and describe what happened.
Tom Green County Sheriff David Jones said investigators learned Keri was living at the home and was in the process of getting a divorce. After the shooting, Brian allegedly took his 7-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son with him when he fled.
They were located inside the tan 2011 Dodge Ram described in the Amber Alert just after 11 p.m. Sunday in Andrews County.
Jones said Brian was arrested without incident and the children are OK and have been reunited with their maternal grandparents.
Jones said before this incident, his department has never had to respond to a family violence case involving Berry and the killings came as a shock.
“I’ve had a 40-year career in law enforcement and this is one of the ones that will stand out it was a tragedy that happened,” Jones said. “We see a lot of domestic abuse in our department and answer numerous calls almost every day. This one tragically ended in murder. So we try our best to find solutions to these things prior to escalating to this amount, but in this case, we had no prior knowledge of any problems.”
A webpage has been set up to raise funds for the Block family.
“I don't understand how anyone could do this and just literally tear apart little childrens' lives—people's lives--with so many families involved, nothing is worth that,” James Bearden, who was friends with Brandon for 12 years, said.
“He was like a second son to us and Brandon was such a super guy,” Block said. “I know you hear that all the time but he really was. He was a gentle giant, he was a big fellow but he'd give you the shirt off of his back. He was a peace keeper. We just love Brandon to death & we just had to come out here and see where he was last alive.”
Berry was transported from Andrews County to the Tom Green County Jail Monday. At this time, he is charged with Brandon’s murder and faces a $500,000 bond. Jones said he anticipates additional or upgraded charges could be filed.
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