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Family seeks help, answers in York City homicide

John Joyce
505-5432/@JohnJoyceYD
  • The family of a man shot and killed in York City last week say they need help from the community.
  • Eugene Brabham, 36, died Aug. 6 after he was shot twice in the 200 block of South Pine Street at 7:45 a.m.
  • The family has started a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs; asks the community to come forward with information.

The family of Eugene Brabham has started a GoFundMe page seeking donations to help pay for the funeral services of the 36-year-old man police say was gunned down in the 200 block of South Pine Street on Aug. 6.

They also want the community to help catch a killer.

York City Police have said a motive for the homicide remains unclear. It is believed the shooting took place during either a robbery or a dispute, but so far no arrests have been made.

Brabham's sister-in-law, Sharon Jackson, said the family held a candlelight vigil near the site of the shooting Friday. On Saturday, the family sold dinners out of a space donated by Rehoboth Temple Church at 671 W. Market St. She said the event was fairly successful, but the family is still short about $2,000.

"We're still trying to figure everything out. We still need to pay for the funeral services, for flowers and for food after the service," Jackson said.

Brabham's funeral is tentatively scheduled for Friday at Boulding Mortuary Inc. in York City.

The family of Eugene Brabham, who was fatally shot Aug. 6 in the 200 block of South Pine Street, is seeking help paying his final expenses. (Photo: Submitted)

Gene, as his family called him, had previous run-ins with the law, but he had been working to turn his life around for the five children he now leaves behind, Jackson said. He attended and graduated from Reading Area Community College, where he studied business, she said.

And, she added, he was about to start work with a construction company to help look after his kids.

According to the GoFundMe page started by his brother, Marvin Brabham, Gene Brabham was planning to start his new job on Monday, Aug. 8, two days after he was shot at about 7:45 in the morning. He died roughly two hours later, after undergoing surgery at York Hospital.

Three shot, one killed, in early morning city shootings

Three daughters, two sons: Jackson said Brabham's girlfriend, with whom he had a 14-month-old son — he also had another son and three daughters — lives just around the corner from where the shooting happened.

"She is really having a hard time with this," Jackson said. "And the kids are all really upset. A lot of crying."

In addition to donating to the GoFundMe account or contacting the mortuary to offer assistance that way, Jackson said, what the family really wants from the community is for someone who knows something about Brabham's death to come forward.

"We just hope that justice is served. No one deserves something like this," she said. "The family doesn't deserve to be going through this. He was a really good guy. He was really loved and he will be missed."

Motive for York City homicide still unclear

Tips: Anyone with information regarding Brabham's death — or any of the recent shootings in the city — is asked to call York City Police at (717) 846-1234. Citizens can provide information about the crime anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 755-TIPS. Tips resulting in an arrest and conviction are eligible for a cash reward.

— Reach John Joyce atjjoyce2@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @JohnJoyceYD.