In a heartbreaking incident on Thursday, September 7, 2023, at 9:51 AM, tragedy struck the small community of Corbin, Kentucky. The Whitley County Sheriff's Department received a distress call concerning a child who had been accidentally shot by another child at 75 Martin Road.
Responding to the emergency were the Corbin Police Department and the Corbin Fire Department, who arrived at the scene before the sheriff department personnel.
The victim was identified as 2-year-old Milo Brooks. He was transported by the Corbin Fire Department to Baptist Health - Corbin, where medical professionals pronounced him deceased.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the tragedy unfolded when another child, a 3-year-old, in the home gained access to a firearm, resulting in a single gunshot wound to young Milo's head.
“It’s our belief right now that the gun was on top of a refrigerator, and the child had crawled on a stool and a cabinet, and was able to retrieve the firearm,” said Whitley County Sheriff Bill Elliotte.
Sheriff Bill Elliotte is leading the ongoing investigation, with support from the Corbin Police Department, the Corbin Fire Department, Whitley County EMS, Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley, DCBS personnel, and fellow Whitley County Sheriff deputies.
Obituary - Croley Funeral Home
It is with heartfelt sorrow and joyous remembrance that we announce the passing of Milo Christian Don Brooks, who left us on September 7, 2023, just shy of his birthday. Born in Corbin, KY, on October 29, 2020, Milo was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew. His infectious laughter and adventurous spirit touched everyone who had the fortune of knowing him.
Milo's life was filled with laughter and adventure. He was a funny person, often the one to lighten the mood and bring a smile to everyone's face. His love for the outdoors and adventurous spirit led always leaving a mark of his joyful presence.
Milo is survived by his loving parents, Jordan Brooks and Keisha Bray; his sisters Hadalee McFarland, Ireland Bray, and Israel Brooks; his grandmothers Selena Crawford, Brenda Bray, and Aloura Bray; his grandfathers Curtis Crawford and Randy Bray; his aunts Kelsie Perkins, Makayla Perkins, Cheyenne Griffith, Sabrina Marcum, and Jeanna Selvey; his uncles Robert Griffith, Gary Moul, and Aaron Baker.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at 11:00 am at Croley Funeral Home, located at 103 South 2nd Street, Williamsburg, Kentucky, 40769. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm at the same location. Milo will be laid to rest at Perkins Cemetery, located at 1037 Foley Bend Road, Williamsburg, Kentucky, 40769, on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at 3:00 pm.
Milo’s life was a gift to us all, and though he may no longer be with us physically, his spirit lives on in the love and laughter he shared. We invite you to leave your cherished memories of Milo and upload photos to his memorial page, as a celebration of his remarkable life.