Family honors son on the anniversary of his death

By Caitlin Wilson , Reporter

Monday marks one year since an off duty Brevard County Deputy shot and killed a Palm Bay man in an apparent road rage incident.

  • Clarence Howard was shot, killed by deputy
  • Deputy’s trial date has not yet been set
  • Deputy is currently out on bond

The family of Clarence Howard gathered where the shooting happened to honor his memory.

“Keep your kids safe because you never know what will happen in this world,” said Pearlie King, Howard's mother.

Friends and family of the 25-year-old placed a small memorial near the site where he was killed almost a year ago.

Brevard County deputy Yousef Hafza is accused of shooting Howard after an apparent road rage incident on June 19 of last year.

His family said they are still grieving for their son who left behind three sons of his own.

“He was so loving, helped everybody, loved his kids, his mom and his sisters,” said King.

Hafza is now awaiting trial. He’s charged with second-degree murder in the death of Howard and also the attempted murder of Jose Montanez, who was at the scene with Howard.

“I always talk to my son and tell him justice will be served I will make sure that justice will be served. I hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” King said.

Hafza’s trial date has not yet been set, but according to court records, the case is expected to go before a judge later this week.

Hafza is currently out on bond.

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