She was 15. She was shot in a car in an apartment complex parking lot Feb. 22, and died five days later.
The shooting didn't make the paper until two days later; it was a metro brief. Her death didn't make the paper until three days after she died - another metro brief, which named her publicly for the first time - Brittany McDaniel.
Star cop reporter John Shultz wrote a story the next day about a vigil by Brittany's family and friends. And Brittany's name came up in a September story about the city's homicides - she was #19 for 2005.
I mention all this because I got an email yesterday from a cousin of the suspect. Kevin Jordan, Jr., 24, is charged with murder II and armed criminal action in the attack on Brittany and her father, who survived.
Jordan's cousin, Eric Thurston, a financial reconciliation clerk in Dallas, told me by phone he didn't know Brittany. He just wants to find out what happened.
I referred him to CaseNet, where he can check the status of the case against his cousin in Jackson County Circuit Court. I also told him I'd post The Star's coverage of the case. Here it is:
05-02-24 Man, daughter shot
05-03-02 Wounded girl dies
05-03-02 Obituary, Brittany McDaniel
05-03-03 Vigil recalls slain teenager
05-04-17 Suspect arrested
05-04-20 Accused killer caught
05-09-30 Charges have been filed in 47 murders
From the vigil story:
- They remembered Brittany as a sweet, friendly girl who loved stuffed animals. Classmates gave the toys to Brittany's mother.