Crack That Case

Police seek motive in La La Brown murder

CREATED Oct 17, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 17, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- Five years ago this week, someone gunned down two rising stars in the music industry in Milwaukee.

The crime has yet to be solved.

Their families found their bodies days after they were murdered.

Yolanda "La La" Brown and JeTannue "Kool-Aid" Clayborn loved music.  At the young age of 22, Clayborne opened Loud Enuff Productions.  He was skillful in playing keyboard and drums.

But the beat stopped and gunshots echoed in a music studio in October 2007.

"What happened to JeTannue was wrong," explained his mother, Dinah Chambers.  Chambers said that the she misses her youngest son.  She spoke to TODAY'S TMJ4 from her home in New York.  She wants the killer caught. "When I think about that all these years that have gone by, no one has been brought to justice yet and that bothers me at times," said Chambers.

Clayborne's brother discovered the producer along with his girlfriend, R&B artist, Yolanda Brown shot to death inside the studio.

"He had so much to offer the world and his life was sniffed out by someone who just didn't care for human life," reflected Ronald Smith.  Smith is Clayborne's uncle who still finds the loss difficult. "We can't even put into words the hurt," said Smith.

Despite the fact someone broke into the studio and stole equipment days before the murder, police don't have a clear motive.

But the lead detective, Marco Salaam, said they believe the couple knew the killer.

Nearby surveillance video showed one of the victims opened the door for the killer. "Moments later you see a person running out of the studio," explained Detective Salaam.  Police say the entire crime happened in less than two minutes.

Salaam wants to personally crack the case.  The same year he lost his own brother to the streets of Milwaukee.  "I know a sense of relief I found when that person was arrested and tried and convicted," said Salaam.

There are two families determined not to lose hope, and relying on a community to step up with answers. "Someone has a lead you know what has happened. I ask you and I beg the community to reach out let's crack this case," begged Chambers.

Milwaukee police only want information.  You can remain anonymous.  There's also a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

You can contact MPD's Cold Case Unit at (414) 935-7411.