AKRON -- Twenty-year-old Rydell Brooks and his cousin, 20-year-old Edward Davis, are facing numerous charges, including attempted murder, felonious assault, and carrying a concealed weapon.
Brooks starred at Buchtel High School, where he lead the Griffins to three straight City Series Championships. He played at Niagara University in New York after graduating from Buchtel in 2006. Then he transfered to the University of Akron, in part to be closer to his grandmother, who raised him.
"I know when he talked to my daughter, he made sure to tell her 'Tell mom, I'm alright 'cause it didn't happen," says Katherine Brooks. "He said it's a mistake."
Police say they approached Brooks and Davis as they sat in a van on Bellows Street on Akron's southwest side. Police say the young men fled, fired shots at police, and were apprehended after a foot chase.
"It's a shocker to hear about this," says his former Buchtel coach Stephen White. "This just hurts to hear about this because he was one of my top players that I had probably every coached, then to hear he did something like this."
"I raised him better than that but like I said, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, just simple as that," says his grandmother.
Coach White says he urged Rydell to stay at Niagara but Brooks said he wanted to be closer to his two-year-old son Rydell III and his grandmother.