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Valerie Brisco-Hooks - Brother's Death Shaped Her Life

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Though she was born in the heart of the rural South in Greenwood, Mississippi, Brisco-Hooks moved with her family to an urban ghetto—the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles—before she entered elementary school. Brisco-Hooks was one of ten children. Her father was a metal worker and her mother taught school. One of Brisco-Hooks's older brothers, Robert, was a star runner at Locke High School in Los Angeles. When she was fourteen, Robert and another brother Melvin were finishing a workout at the Locke High School track when a stray bullet struck Robert. He died later that day.

When the police eventually learned who fired the gun, they did not prosecute the shooter because he was only in the ninth grade. He did not have to live with his guilt long, however, as one year and a day later, the boy who shot Robert Brisco was himself shot and killed.

Until her brother's death, Brisco-Hooks was known as an undisciplined and unruly child. The loss of Robert helped her set personal goals and dedicate herself to achieving them. Urged by her high school's track coach to come out for the team, Brisco-Hooks proved to be a standout runner on the same track where her brother was slain. As she said afterwards, "Someone has to carry on the family name, so they chose me."

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almost 7 years ago

Valerie Brisco has been nominated to be on the U.S olympic hall of fall, here is the link below to vote for her everyday. http://halloffamevoting.teamusa.org/Index/

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11 months ago

hey I am doing a project on and I was randomly picked to get you and I am so happy I got u u are very awesome and ur like 1..2...3. 57 rn btw everyone its 2.15.18

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about 7 years ago

r u sure that is justin bieber and i wish i frickin knew u and u r the best frickin runner in the world and i m so sorry aboyt your brother that is just messed up

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almost 8 years ago

Hey this is Justin Bieber and my friends Amanda and Kennedi told me to message you because you are a really good runner message mea back!!!!

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almost 8 years ago

Hey it is Justin bieber want ay I am a fan I wish I could have those abbs and stuuf you are so fast and i think i would love to see you just need to know where you live and were you want to go this summer cause i can take you any where you want to go Valerie i think you are very pretty to your Husband is beast

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almost 8 years ago

Hey it is Justin bieber want ay I am a fan I wish I could have those abbs and stuuf you are so fast and i think i would love to see you just need to know where you live and were you want to go this summer cause i can take you any where you want to go Valerie i think you are very pretty to your Husband is beast

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almost 8 years ago

Dear Valerie,

This is Amanda and I am a huge fan and I was just wondering how you are doing and I was asking that because I heard about what happened to your brothers and Melvin and Roberts were there name right? We had to search a famous runner and me and my friend Kennedi searched you and you will probably be getting a few messages because we are really big fans and you are like the best runner in the world so I hope you can message me back and message my friend Kennedi back because we are really big fans!

Love,

Amanda

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almost 8 years ago

youR REALLY FAST :)

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almost 8 years ago

Hey It Is Kennedi Agian And I Just Love You Soooooo Much You ROCK And My Friend Amanda Thinks You Rock to you are BEAST Valerie Tell your family i said hi Your biggest fan EVER:) Kennedi Hahaha

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almost 8 years ago

Hey It Is Kennedi Agian And I Just Love You Soooooo Much You ROCK And My Friend Amanda Thinks You Rock to you are BEAST Valerie Tell your family i said hi Your biggest fan EVER:) Kennedi Hahaha

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almost 8 years ago

Hey It Is Kennedi Agian And I Just Love You Soooooo Much You ROCK And My Friend Amanda Thinks You Rock to you are BEAST Valerie Tell your family i said hi Your biggest fan EVER:) Kennedi Hahaha

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almost 8 years ago

Hi Valerie I just want to say you ROCK and you are the BEST RUNNER I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE I Love You so much and your Husband i awsome to i know all about you like was born wednesday July 6th 1960 and you are soo pretty

me and my friend Amanda love you, and you biggest fan Kennedi

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almost 8 years ago

Hi Valerie I just want to say you ROCK and you are the BEST RUNNER I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE I Love You so much and your Husband i awsome to i know all about you like was born wednesday July 6th 1960 and you are soo pretty

me and my friend Amanda love you, and you biggest fan Kennedi

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almost 8 years ago

Hey Valerie,

This is Amanda and I am a huge fan and you are a great runner. I hope I can run like you when I am older but I won't be able too!!!! Haha I hope you see my message and message me back and I am really sorry about what happened to your brothers and you nephew and I hope Melvin's legs are better! I am sorry for what happened to Robert!!!! Message me back you dearest friend Amanda!!!!

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almost 8 years ago

Hi my name is Kennedi and i just wanted to tell you i am sorry for what happened to your brother and you are awsome at running your good friend Kennedi

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almost 8 years ago

Hi my name is Kennedi and i just wanted to tell you i am sorry for what happened to your brother and you are awsome at running your good friend Kennedi

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almost 8 years ago

Hi my name is Kennedi and i just wanted to tell you i am sorry for what happened to your brother and you are awsome at running your good friend Kennedi