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Dad Of Jacksonville Man Shot To Death In Macclenny To Host Town Hall

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Dominic Broadus
DJ Broadus was 31 years old.

A Jacksonville father is searching for answers about his son’s death this month in Macclenny.

Dominic Broadus is inviting the Baker County community to discuss the mysterious shooting and share any tips they might have at a town hall Tuesday.

Thirty-one-year-old Jacksonville man DJ Broadus was found Feb. 3 in a remote area of Macclenny, shot in the head three times, his dad said.

“It was pure evil,” he said.

Broadus wants to know who shot DJ and why. As our partner News 4 Jax reported, a relative of a former Baker County sheriff’s deputy was questioned, but no arrests have been made as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken over the investigation.

“My son was a father, he was a loving son, a loving brother. He was a musician, and he had a great spirit about him, and he was just a loving guy. He made friends very easily,” Broadus said.

The case has attracted the attention of Black Lives Matter and other groups, who are rallying around the #Justice4DJBroadus hashtag on social media.

Broadus said he’s worried there may have been a racial component to his son’s killing, and he doesn’t feel he’s getting enough answers from investigators as rumors swirl around the internet.

FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plesinger sent WJCT News the following statement:

The investigation is active. FDLE does not comment during active investigations because our top priority is to ensure the integrity of the investigation. Providing information during an active case can influence future interviews. Our role is to determine the facts of what happened and we provide that information to prosecutors so they can make charging decisions. Once the investigation is no longer active, all information can be provided to the public.

The town hall about DJ Broadus’s death starts at 6 p.m. at the Emmanuel Church of God in Christ at 450 S. 8th St. in Macclenny.

Contact Jessica Palombo at 904-358-6315, or on Twitter at @JessicaPubRadio.

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP