Tory Brooks, Deveon Shockley and Cory Brooks
St. Charles, MO (KSDK) -- Three men have been charged with killing a man during a robbery outside the Bass Pro in St. Charles.
Brandon Joyce, 26, was shot in the head early Christmas Eve. His family said he died peacefully after being taken off life support Tuesday at 3:50 a.m. at the St. Joseph Medical Center in St. Charles.
The St. Charles Police Department announced that Cory Brooks, Tory Brooks and Deveon Shockley were charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection to the killing.
Cory Brooks is from O'Fallon, Missouri. Tory is from St. Charles and Deveon is from St. Louis. The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis is investigating, and they're looking for a fourth suspect involved in this robbery and murder. Police have not released his name but said he's considered armed and dangerous, and they believe him to be the triggerman.
The Brooks brothers and Shockley are in jail under a $1 million cash-only bond.
Brandon Joyce is the son of Terry Joyce, who was a punter for the St. Louis Cardinals football team in the late 70s. Brandon Joyce, a Duschenne High School graduate, played football as an offensive tackle for Illinois State University and semi-professional football in the United Football League.
Joyce had played for the UFL-champion Las Vegas Locomotives and was part of their championship team in 2009 under former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel.
"I had a lot of respect for his work ethic, his commitment to the team, and it's just a tragic thing," Fassel said.
Lindsay Joyce said her brother will be buried in his team jersey, hat, and championship ring. She describes him as a wonderful brother and son. Lindsay said her brother came home to St. Charles for Christmas.
On the night of Christmas Eve, she said Brandon was out with friends. They went bowling, then went to Ameristar when she believes he was carjacked at gunpoint. She said his friend told the family Brandon decided to fight back when he was shot. His friend fled and called 911.
Lindsay Joyce calls her brother a hero for saving his friend's life. St. Charles police offer a different story: they said Brandon was attempting to buy narcotics when he was robbed and shot.
"Brandon devised a plan that he was not going to accept this and he put up a fight. And he took the bullet. And his friend ran and called 911, and gave us time to see Brandon...So (Brandon) is a hero," said Lindsay Joyce.
His family bristles at the idea that drugs might have been involved, saying it would be completely out of Brandon's character.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the St. Charles Police Department at 636-949-3333.