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Police looking to question brothers

By Ed Brock

Clayton County police are looking for two people to question in connection with the Feb. 10 shooting death of 2-year-old Xavier Miranda.

Also, more groups have signed up to march through the apartment complex where Xavier was killed during a home invasion.

Investigators want to talk to 37-year-old Shawn and 32-year-old Stacey Berry, two brothers believed to frequent the Metropolitan Parkway area of Atlanta, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said.

"We have developed information that leads us to believe that the Berry brothers have information that can lead us to the suspect in this case," Turner said.

Police are also planning to re-interview Shakeila Hampton, 33, possibly of College Park, the woman who prepared the tax refund for Xavier Miranda's family. The boy's mother, 22-year-old Chimere Calloway, and other family members have said the home invasion that led to Miranda's death was executed by a man looking for the money from that refund.

On the evening of the shooting a man broke into the apartment occupied by Xavier Miranda's father, 22-year-old William Miranda, Jr., two other children and three other adults. He demanded money, then grabbed Xavier Miranda and put the gun to his head.

William Miranda told him he didn't have the money but that "his woman" did, according to an account from one of the witnesses. Another woman walked into the apartment, the man pushed her to the ground and shots were fired.

William Miranda told police he fired shots at the gunman who was also firing, and investigators are waiting on the result of ballistics tests to determine which gun fired the shot that killed the boy.

Calloway told police that she had gone to get the check cashed and returned to the apartment in time to see the would be robber leaving the apartment.

Turner said Hampton charged the family about $1,000, part for the preparation of the tax return and part for money they owed her for another unspecified purpose. The Berry brothers worked with her bringing information on Hampton's clients to the Internal Revenue Service offices in Atlanta.

The Berry brothers may be driving a black Mercedes-Benz SUV. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the brothers should call police at (770) 477-3650.

Xavier Miranda was buried one week ago today.

The march, scheduled to begin around 8 p.m. Saturday at the Morrow Road entrance to Hunter's Bay Apartments outside Forest Park, is intended to drum up information on the suspect in the shooting.

Representatives of the Concerned Black Clergy, Rainbow PUSH, African Community Centers and more will join Cobb County-based New Order in the march, New Order founder Gerald Rose said. Rose said about 15 organizations have agreed to join in the march that will end at the stoop of the apartment where Miranda was killed.

Rose said the march is just the beginning of the groups' involvement in the Hunter's Bay community.

"We're going to try to implement some programs over there for the kids," Rose said.