An athlete and a music lover
In a McCutcheon high school baseball game against the West Lafayette team, he ran between bases wearing his red and gold Mavericks uniform. A senior at The Excel Center, he also played basketball and football and loved music.
He was a science and math student in Jerilyn Smith’s sixth-grade classroom. “I saw so much potential, humor, intelligence and talent in this young man,” Smith said.
Jontae Billups-Brooks, 18, was shot on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at a southside apartment complex in Lafayette, Indiana. He died soon after at Franciscan Alliance East Hospital.