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While Nicole Odom waits patiently to hear news about her daughter Brandy Odom’s murder, she said the Police Department is not communicating with her. While NYPD press office told the Amsterdam News that there are “No updates at this time,” DA Eric Gonzalez’s office told the paper to contact the Police Department.

And therein lies the angst of a frustrated and anguished family.

“If she was a little Caucasian girl, would the case move faster?” asked Nicole Odom. “You found a whole dismembered body in the park, and it’s the media who are coming to my door, but the Police Department isn’t telling me anything.”

April 9, dismembered body parts were found in Canarsie Park, Brooklyn. A head and torso were discovered first by a person walking a dog, and limbs were found later. Then a saw was found in a trash can. The body was to be identified as Brandy Odom, 26.

The shock reverberated across the city. Temporarily it seems.

Thursday, April 26, the young woman was funeralized at Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn. Retired NYPD captain and current Borough President Eric Adams was in attendance, along with Min. Abdul Hafeez Muhammad, members of the Nation of Islam with community members and activists.

Min. Muhammad, who is Min. Louis Farrakhan’s East Coast regional representative, is head of all the Nation of Islam mosques on the East Coast.

Because of the veracity of the crime and the lack of major outrage and extensive media coverage, Muhammad said, the NOI became involved after it became known that, “Nicole Odom, the mother of Brandy, felt that they were not getting the kind of support this case warranted.” He added, “She said that she was not hearing from law enforcement about movements that they were making.”

Muhammad added, “Brandy was murdered somewhere, according to law enforcement. She was dismembered, and then brought to the park, her head and torso, her legs and limbs in another place, and they found the saw that was used. This was heinous, this was gruesome, this was a savage act. There are suspects, but Miss Odom has found this out from the news media calling her, but not the law enforcement. So they have had a suspect in custody and let them go. They are looking at the female roommate and another male suspect, and I think they have subpoenaed phone records. So they are going after it, but we intend to sit down with law enforcement and the DA’s office.”

Muhammad continued, “When the young girl was found in Howard Beach, I saw them communicating with the family. They knew what was going on. We are expecting them to search and find out what happened to Brandy. I think class and color is an issue. Understanding all the other issues, but this is an intelligent and sophisticated law enforcement— so they can do much better.”

“I do appreciate the help they have given,” Nicole Odom said, “but I really do not think that they are communicating with me enough. Anything I am learning about your daughter’s murder, I am hearing from reporters in the media. I have only been given the name of Detective Loretto, but I can never get hold of him. They are not even calling me to tell me how the case is going, or to check on us.”

According to media reports, the police have questioned at least two suspects. At press time no charges had been made. A male was reportedly seen loading black bin bags into the trunk of a car, and cadaver dogs are said to have gotten a hit off the trunk.

Also reported in the press were claims that police had been called to the Queens home after at least verbal fighting.

Equally disturbing is what Nicole Odom told the Amsterdam News about her daughter’s roommate.

Nicole Odom said that she was disappointed with the pace of the case thus far. “It has been a month, and I am not hearing anything from them,” she said. “I heard that they had a suspect, but they let him go. The cops didn’t tell me. I only found that out because a reporter went to my daughter’s house and asked about it. Why didn’t the detective tell me? I heard that they talked to a Corey Martin because the media told us. I know he was in the apartment, and so was her girlfriend Adele Anderson. She called me while I was the in precinct before my daughter had been identified. She offered me condolences, and we were sitting in front of the cops, I said, ‘How do you know it’s my daughter? There is no name to this body yet.’ She said her mom told her that she had been identified from the finger prints. I said, ‘How’s that—there’s no arms or legs?’ And that’s not even when the cops picked her up. I gave the cops Brandy’s phone so that they could subpoena her phone records, they didn’t even do that then. I just think the work here is sloppy.”

Grieving and looking for answers, she said, “What choice are they giving me but to feel this way? If she was a little Caucasian girl, would the case move faster? You found a whole dismembered body in the park, and it’s the media who are coming to my door, but the Police Department aren’t telling me anything. The police have a few leads. I want them to tell me how close they are to solving who killed my daughter”

She concluded, “I just try take one day at a time.”

In honor of the Brandy Odoms of the world, Nicole Odom is the invited guest at Mosque No. 7 (106-8 W. 127th St., Harlem) Sunday, May 13, 2018, 11 a.m. Although there will be much commercial fanfare over Mother’s Day, the Nation of Islam will be acknowledging the day with a program proclaiming, “Women Must Be Protected and Elevated.”