One fatal bullet…One divided family

BEFORE THE END: Jonathan R. Meadows holds the youngest of his three children with his widow Brandi Meadows, Bresha (right) and his son Jonathan R. Meadows Jr. in this photo during the earlier years. The elder Jonathan was shot and killed on July 28, 2016 in Warren, Ohio by his youngest daughter Bresha, a 14-year old who is now facing murder charges. (Family Photo)

Lena Cooper, 51, of Columbia, Tennessee vividly remembers the day she received the tragic news that her 14-year-old niece had shot and killed her brother on July 28, 2016 in Warren, Ohio.

“One shot! Point blank,” she told the Call & Post during an exclusive interview to describe her version of this twisted homicide that took the life of a husband, father and brother and landed a teenage child in jail on murder charges.

On that fatal day Bresha Meadows picked up her father's .45-caliber, semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at him in the early morning hours of July 28, firing one round into Jonathan Meadows’ head.

All police reports and family interviews are in agreement that Jonathan was asleep in his living room when his daughter pulled the trigger.

However what many are not in agreement about is why his daughter would end his life in the same home he raised his children in such a cold-blooded fashion.

According to Cooper the narrative for the crime dramatically changed after Bresha was arrested and charged with the murder of her father.

“All of theses allegations of domestic abuse did not come up until after my niece was arrested and they found out that she would not get released,” Cooper explained.

Cooper further indicated that her sister-in law Brandi Meadows said, ”she was going to have to do whatever she could to get her daughter out because she did not want her to get life (in prison).”

Cooper described a loving relationship with her brother and produced photos of Jonathan with their mother, his children and other family members. She also revealed a Facebook post of his daughter Briana following his death.

Posted on July 29, on what would have been Jonathan and Brandi’s 23rd wedding anniversary, their 19- year old daughter Briana wrote: “When my daddy was trying to take a picture on his phone and didn’t know what he was doing. These are the memories I’m a keep. I can’t believe he’s gone. He’s not gonna be here for a lot of things in none of our lives. He’s not gonna be here to see his first grandchild. To see his daughters and son get married. I really can’t believe it. My heart is aching. I love you dad and miss you. Please watch over us. Now you up there with Grann Grann, grandpa and our relatives. R.I.P to my dad. 07-28-16”

The hard facts are that only the people residing in the house with Jonathan and his family know for sure what the circumstances were during the 22 years of his marriage, but his sister categorically denied that he would ever abuse any of his children.

For 19 years he worked at product development for the Tribune Chronicle as a carrier. He attended John Marshall High School in Cleveland. He was one of seven siblings.

Jonathan was African American and his wife Brandi was Caucasian. Cooper alleges that Brandi’s family didn’t not approve of the union and accepted it some five years later.

Cooper recalled when told of her brother’s demise. “I was in total shock because when my sister in-law told that he had been shot and that my niece did it and that she didn’t know why she (his daughter) shot him.”