Former classmate arrested in slaying of Kennedale teacher

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Patrick Brooks unfriended Kennedale Junior High teacher John Ross Shreves on Facebook hours after he shot him to death in the parking lot of a sports bar late Sunday, according to arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram on Thursday.

Police arrested the 27-year-old Thursday morning at his grandparents’ home in Arlington.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the slaying of the popular English teacher.

“We know that they were classmates in high school and they had recently reconnected,” said Tiara Ellis Richard, an Arlington police spokeswoman on Thursday. “We’re still looking into a motive.”

But through the investigation, Arlington Detective Seth Archer noticed that Brooks was listed as one of Shreves’ friends on Facebook, but that he was no longer listed as a friend on Monday afternoon, hours after Shreves’ body had been found in the parking lot of No Frills Grill & Sports Bar, 4914 Little Road.

The affidavit gave this account of the case:

Shreves and Brooks were classmates at Kennedale High School. The two had not talked to each for some time after those years, but a friend told invesigators that Shreves reconnected with Brooks about six to seven months ago on a social media website.

A witness told police that the Brooks and Shreves texted each other on June 8 and that they were making plans to meet up on Sunday night.

On Sunday night, Shreves received a text from Brooks saying, “What u got goin later?” At about 10:33 p.m. Sunday, Shreves sent Brooks a text asking, “Want to go get something to drink?” From other texts, Shreves learned that Brooks was living with his grandparents in Arlington.

Shreves told Brooks to meet at Frills, but the suspect noted that “I can’t drive. I got another dwi a couple of weeks ago. Matter fact I think I talked to u that night.” The victim responded that he would pick up Brooks at his grandfather’s home.

A surveillance camera at Frills recorded that Shreves’ car can be seen arriving in a back parking lot of the sports bar at 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Seconds later, multiple muzzle flashes can be seen from inside of Shreves’ vehicle.

Just 22 seconds after the two arrived, a man can be seen exiting the passenger side of Shreves’ vehicle and run westbound.

Investigators would later find several witnesses who observed Shreves’ car running with its lights at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, but no one went to check on it at that time.

A Frills assistant manager who later went to check the parking lot after the sports bar closed at 2 a.m. Monday found Shreves’ body in the car and a window shattered.

An autopsy later determined that Shreves was shot in the neck and head by a handgun, and his death was a homicide, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported. There also were no signs of a struggle.

Detectives completed an exam of Shreves’ cell phone which was found in the vehicle and discovered Brooks’ telephone number and texts between the two.

On Monday, detectives discovered that Brooks had a criminal history in Tarrant County. Brooks has convictions for possession of a prohibited weapon, discharge of a firearm and two DWIs, according to Tarrant County criminal court records.

On that same day, Arlington police discovered the Facebook changes between Shreves and Brooks. Brooks even removed his entire profile page on Facebook by Monday afternoon.

By Tuesday, detectives interviewed Brooks at his grandparents’ Arlington home.

“Both subjects were immediately verbally defiant and belligerent with detectives,” Archer wrote in the affidavit, referring to Brooks and his grandfather.

Initially, Brooks said he had not heard of the slaying and he had not communicated or seen Shreves in over five years.

But Brooks finally admitted he had heard about the killing, but he refused to talk about his friendship with Shreves even during the days in high school.

Brooks faces a charge of murder in the case, police said.

He remained in the Arlington Jail on Thursday in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Shreves taught seventh-grade writing and eighth-grade English at Kennedale Junior High, his second year at the school, according to the Kennedale school district website. He had taught in the district for three years. He graduated from Kennedale High School in 2004 and earned a degree from the University of North Texas in Denton in 2008.

Shreves was certified to teach English language arts in grades four through 12 as well as composite social studies in grades eight through 12, the website stated.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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