Game of Russian roulette reportedly ends tragically

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- The shooting death of a man in Westminster was the result of a game of Russian roulette gone wrong, the mother of the victim said.

The man was found dead early Thursday morning in an apartment.

Officers with the Westminster Police Department arrested 22-year-old Marquis Brooks of Westminster. He was later charged with manslaughter.

Brooks' mother said he and Philly, the victim, were best friends.

"Marquis fed him. Marquis clothed him. Marquis paid everything. Whatever Marquis did Philly did. They were inseparable. When my son came and stayed the night, Philly came and stayed the night," Jennifer Brooks said.

Brooks said a game of Russian roulette was being played with a group of people at Marquis’ apartment when Philly was killed in what she described as an accident.

"Every one of us are mourning. Philly was part of our family," Brooks said.

Because of the ongoing investigation, specifics of the case couldn't be discussed, but Brooks did say drugs and alcohol played a role.

Marquis Brooks said he remembers very little from that night his friend died.

"I loved him. He knows I loved him. God knows I loved him. I loved him. I loved him with everything I had," he said.

"If I could go back, I would go back, I would do anything to go back to that day. I loved him. God knows it. I have a heart. I'm not a monster. I'm not a monster."

Police arrested Marquis after a traffic stop; they suspected he was driving under the influence.

It was then that police suspected he and the others in the car were connected to a possible shooting at his apartment.

"I just hope his family can forgive me. God can forgive me. And the world doesn't see me as a killer that`s what I hope for," Marquis Brooks said.

The Adams County Coroner's Office has not officially released the name of the victim; "Philly" is a nickname.

Marquis Brooks will go before a judge next week.

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