On January 2, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin press reported that a 16-year-old girl identified as Niesha Harris-Brazell died after being robbed at a drive-through window of the Burger King store where she was a cashier.
16-year-old Burger King employee shot dead in botched robbery she helped stage
Weeks later, Milwaukee police said a Burger King employee confessed that the robbery was planned by her, her father and the victim.
The allegations followed a criminal complaint filed Friday, Jan. 14, against the father of the underage girl who also participated in the robbery, Antoine Z. Edwards, 41.
It has also come to light that Niesha Harris-Brazell was not shot by Antoine Z. Edwards, but by another co-worker who was not part of the plan.
According to the complaint, the other employee who has been identified as Derrick D. Ellis, 34, upon realizing the assault fired at the assailant, but the bullet went straight into the chest of cashier Niesha Harris-Brazell.
Following statements from one of those involved, the victim’s grandmother Ida Lane noted that her granddaughter had no need to participate in a planned robbery because she had her and other family members by her side to help her financially.
“That is complete and utter nonsense. In reality, my granddaughter didn’t have to work. She had a grandmother who worked, a mother who worked, five aunts and an uncle who work. My granddaughter had nothing to do but save what she needed or what she wanted. We were trying to instill values in her,” Ida Lane told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Antoine Z. Edwards has been charged with felony murder and intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child that resulted in the death of a person, which is also listed as a felony.
Despite the statements of Niesha Harris-Brazell’s friend, Ida Lane still trusts the young woman, who was at her house every eight days: “I’m trying to give her the benefit of the doubt.