Suspect arrested for April 2016 homicide in Savannah

Suspect arrested for April 2016 homicide in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah Police Department has arrested a suspect in a homicide case from April 2016.

At around 1:30 a.m. on April 28, 2016, officers responded to the 1300 block of New Castle Street and found 36-year-old Hannah Brown with a gunshot wound inside a vehicle. She was taken to the hospital where she later died.

Detectives say 34-year-old Gilberto Ravelo Mojica is the suspect in this case. He was served with a murder warrant on Friday, March 27, 2020. Mojica was in custody at the Chatham County Detention Center for unrelated charges.

Brown was returning home from her second job on Savannah’s west side. Hannah Brown was an innocent victim according to police, caught in the crossfire of what investigators believed to be gang activity at the time.

This is the first big development in the case, now almost four years old, and likely not the last arrest connected to that violent and deadly night.

“And I ask the Lord to have mercy on they souls. You know who you are, you all know who you are. And this is just the beginning. It’s not over," said Hannah’s mother, Debbie Reynolds-Brown.

The arrest marks the beginning of some kind of closure for Hannah Brown’s family, a family that’s waited years for answers.

“I said Lord, this has been a long four years that has felt like forever. I said but nevertheless, I did not lose hope," said Hannah’s sister Uleasa Jones.

Brown’s family has relied on each other for strength, and put their faith in God and investigators that whoever was responsible for shooting Hannah would eventually be found.

“I hate that it happened, but we just got to continue to pray that we see, that we get justice done," said Hannah’s sister Karen Wilson.

In the meantime, Hannah’s family will continue to lean on one another, and continue caring for her five children.

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