Wednesday, February 22, 2017

UPDATE: Authorities charge suspect in Rashawn Brazell case

By Dark Sleuth

11/29/2018:  UPDATE: Kwauhuru Govan was convicted of the 2004 murder of 17 year-old Sharabia Thomas in September 2018.  He was sentenced to the maximum, 25 years to life.  He is awaiting trial for the murder of Rashawn Brazell.  

1/13/2018 UPDATE:  NYPD is investigating Kwauhuru Govan, the suspect charged in Rashawn Brazell's murder, in relation to a 2005 unidentified John Doe case in Brooklyn.

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2/15/2016: Rashawn Brazell: Murder & the NYC Subway 

Kwauhuru Govan, suspect charged in Rashawn Brazell's murder.
(Source: PIX11 News

For 12 years the murder of Rashawn Brazell went unsolved until  Kwauhuru Govan was charged in February 2017.  

At the time, Govan was already in custody in New York City for the 2004 murder of 17 year-old Sharabia Thomas.  Her case remained unsolved for years until cold-case detectives were able to match DNA found under her fingernails to Govan. 

According to both the New York Daily News and PIX11 News, authorities are eyeing Govan in relation to other unsolved crimes.  NYPD Chief of Detectives has stated that Govan "might be a serial killer."

Govan lived near both of his suspected victims, Thomas and Brazell, on Gates Avenue in Brooklyn.  According to prosecutors, Govan stated during an interview that he was a "Jehovah's Witness" and that Brazell was "an abomination" because he was "gay."   Perhaps the true motive for Brazell's murder was a hate crime.  

Govan was described as "violent toward people in his neighborhood... drawing a gun on at least two occasions on those who lived around him."  "He liked to have this power over people and have people afraid of him," someone told the New York Times.

Kwauhuru Govan has ties to New York, California and Florida.  He has a long criminal history involving "robbery, assault, burglary and weapons possession."  

Watch the PIX11 News video: