Relatives of a 23-year-old man charged with 1st degree murder for a shooting that took the life of his 8-year-old nephew say they know where he is, but say there's a reason they're not telling police yet.
Family members told 10TV's Jerry Revish, Robert Broom wants to turn himself in to police at his nephew's funeral.
They say reports that Broom is responsible for the death of 8-year-old Jamarion Broom Cox aren't true.
A relative read a statement from Jamarion's mother, Broom's sister.
"Stop slandering my little brother's name," said the statement. He was a great uncle. He took the boys to school almost every morning. He picked them up and made them lunch and dinner. He taught them manners and to listen to me. Instead of listening to the detectives focusing on him, find the real killer so my baby can have justice."
Family members said Robert was taking Jamarion and his younger brother to a basketball court but they never got here. A few blocks away, gunfire erupted.
Relatives say Robert Broom had been having problems with a group of people he encountered while riding along nearby Roswell Drive.
Gunfire was exchanged.
Police say Broom fired a gun and at some point a bullet fired by someone outside the car struck the little boy in the head.
Two other adults and Jamarion's younger brother were in the car.
All of them escaped injury.
"We love Robert," said aunt Tonnie Broom. "He was in the car when the incident happened. He was also a victim."
Broom reportedly got out of the car, not far from the shooting and disappeared.
Another person in the car drove the wounded child to Children's hospital where he died.
Jamarion's family is waiting for the coroner's office to release his body so they can make funeral arrangements.