news21 year old charlottesville man arrested in death of uva contractor

21-year-old Charlottesville man arrested in death of UVA contractor

Crystal Graham
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A 21-year-old Charlottesville resident has been arrested and charged with the murder of Cody Brian Smith, 26, a contractor with the University of Virginia.

Lakori Brooks was arrested Monday and charged with second degree murder and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Brooks was arrested after detectives executed multiple search warrants in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

The deadly shooting occurred in a parking lot near Elliewood Avenue on The Corner in Charlottesville on Saturday.

The victim died Saturday morning at 5:31 a.m. The Charlottesville Police were called to the scene at approximately 2:40 a.m. According to the CPD, the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

“We would like to thank the Charlottesville community, the Charlottesville Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the University of Virginia Police Department, and the Albemarle County Police Department for working together to bring justice to the family of Cody Smith,” a news release sent Monday night read.

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Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.