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Man Shot Dead on Washington Avenue a Prospect Heights 'Fixture'

Neighbors mourn John "JB" Brea, who was killed Tuesday night.


in front of a Washington Avenue barbershop grew up in Prospect Heights and was a “fixture of the neighborhood,” area residents said.

John “JB” Brea was shot once in the head and twice in the body in front of Louis and Shorty’s Barbershop, between between St. Johns and Sterling places at 9:51 p.m., an NYPD spokesman said. He was taken to Methodist Hospital and died shortly after the shooting.

(He is not related to Michael Brea, who is  in 2010, police said).

On Wednesday afternoon, a memorial of 15 candles was burning in front of the shop, and the window of the dry cleaner’s next door had a hand-written sign up: “R.I.P. JB, we miss you.”

“May he rest in peace,” said a man in the barbershop, who declined to give his name. “We love him and we’re going to miss him.”

Brea had 25 arrests for non-violent offenses, most recently pleading to a 2010 charge of marijuana possession, police said. Area residents described him as a "nice guy" and a “good father.”

Neighbors said Brea grew up on St. Johns Place near Washington Avenue. Although he most recently lived on Pine Street in East New York, he hung out frequently on Washington Avenue.

Malika Malcom said she didn’t know Brea personally, but said he was an integral part of Washington Avenue.

“He was a fixture in the neighborhood and I pray that they catch the man who killed him,” she said. 

As of Wednesday afternoon no arrests have been made, police said. 


Anyone with any information should contact the 77th Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 735-0662. People can also submit anonymous tips through the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline, 800-577-TIPS, or their website, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Ekayani Chamberlin May 03, 2012 at 05:13 PM
This is awful! Every week we are reading about violent crime in the neighborhood. My Lord what is going on?? We need beat cops on every corner of a neighborhood watch. The murderer so bold! How many bullets does a man need to be shot dead? Four bullets at close range? My God! I am so sorry!
Soulchild920 May 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM
He'll be FOREVER missed!! :"(
starling rush May 17, 2012 at 05:57 PM
is it true to say a 19yr old suspect has been arrested for the murder of Mr.Brea ,why haven't you updated this information ??
Amy Sara Clark May 17, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Thanks for tip Starling! I checked with the NYPD and nobody has been arrested in the case yet, but I will keep checking back with them.
Starling Rush September 14, 2013 at 04:27 PM
How are you I just wanted to reach out to you in reference to a friend of mine who was killed John Brea last year on st johns & Washington ave.( man shot in head)your paper covered the story and I was hoping you might want to do a followup of what has transpired a year later.my neighbor and friend was the last person to talk to john as he was dying and was like myself inspired to do something in the community in regards to the violence people indure .noel gaskins the artist and I put up a wall letting people sign with their thoughts 'WHAT I WOULD DO BEFORE I DIE' SEEMS ART BRINGS OUT THE BEST AND WORST OF PEOPLE WE ENCOUNTERED MIXED VIEWS WITH PUTTING IT UP BUT MOST LOVED IT .their is more behind the project that we would like to share with u.the NY post has shown interest and we hoped you would also if you could contact either myself STARLING RUSH OR NOEL GASKIns


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