Brandon Scott Rosecrans
Kimberling City Missouri
March 18, 2020
|Pfc Brandon Scott Rosecrans
1992 - 2020
Kimberling City - Pfc Brandon Scott Rosecrans, Kimberling City, MO son of Kristi Lynn Rosecrans/Berg and Thomas N. Berg Sr, was born May 22, 1992 in Kansas City, MO and departed this life on May 18, 2020 in Harker Heights, TX at the age of 27.
Pfc Rosecrans, Quartermaster assigned to the 3rd armored brigade combat team 1st cavalry division, was serving in the United States Army at the time of his death.
Brandon was fascinated by dinosaurs, he loved his family to the fullest and loved exploring the Ozarks with his brothers. Brandon was a graduate of Blue Eye High School, Blue Eye, MO and a member of First Baptist Church, Kimberling City, MO.
Brandon was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Cecil Wayne and Vivian Kay Rosecrans; paternal grandparents, Patricia Berg and James A. Proffitt and one uncle, Shawn Rosecrans.
Survivors include: his parents, Kristi and Thomas Berg Sr of Kimberling City, MO; three brothers, Timothy Wayne Garrett Jr and wife, Jennifer of Independence, MO, Thomas Nolan Berg Jr of Reeds Spring, MO and Anthony Joseph Berg of Kimberling City, MO; nephew, Mason Garrett; niece, Skylar Garrett; uncle, Jeffrey Wayne Rosecrans and wife, Christina of Grandview, MO; four aunts, Jerri Lynn Harmon and husband, Jerry of Independence, MO, Lorri Henshaw and husband, Tim of Florida, Elizabeth Ann Davis and husband, Tony of Independence, MO and Barbara Woska and husband, John of Kansas City, MO; numerous cousins and a host of friends.
Visitation for Brandon will be held Monday, June 1, 2020 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Stumpff Funeral Home Kimberling City, MO. Service will be Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church Kimberling City, MO with Pastor Jeff Hardy officiating. Burial will be in Philibert Cemetery Kimberling City, MO.
Arrangements are under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home Kimberling City, MO.
|From ABC TV 25 KXXV kxxv.com 05/19/20
Fort Hood soldier found shot to death two minutes after car found engulfed in flames
By: Sydney Isenberg
Posted at 5:49 PM, May 19, 2020 and last updated 12:16 PM, May 20, 2020
HARKER HEIGHTS, TX — The Harker Heights Police Department is investigating after a Fort Hood soldier was found shot to death two minutes after his car was found engulfed in flames.
Around 10:28 a.m. on May 18, the Harker Heights Fire Department and the Harker Heights Police Department responded to a reported structure fire in the area of Douglas Fir Drive and Jubilation Drive.
When fire crews arrived, they found an orange 2016 Jeep Renegade and surrounding vegetation on fire.
Around 10:20 a.m., Harker Heights Police Department received a call about a body found on Fuller Street. The body has been identified as 27-year-old Pfc. Brandon Scott Rosecrans of Fort Hood.
Pfc. Rosecrans was from Kimberling City, Missouri and entered the Army in May 2018 as a quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer. He was assigned to the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in November 2018.
His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
"Command Sgt. Maj. Ryan McLane and I would like to express our deepest regrets to the family and loved ones of Pfc. Brandon Rosecrans. The thoughts and prayers of the Soldiers of 215th Brigade Support Battalion and the Greywolf Brigade are with them during this difficult time," said Col. Kevin Capra, commander 3ABCT.
A preliminary investigation suggests Pfc. Rosecrans died from a gunshot wound. His death is now being investigated as a murder.
The incident is under investigation by the Harker Heights Police Department and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.
The vehicle that was involved in the fire belonged to Pfc. Rosecrans. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Harker Heights Fire Marshal.
The murder and arson investigation will run concurrently by the Harker Heights Police and Fire Departments.
The Harker Heights Police Criminal Investigation Division is asking anyone with information about this murder to contact them at 254-953-5400. Individuals may also provide information to Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com. All information is confidential and anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.
|from The Army Times armytimes.com 08/14/20
Texas man shot Fort Hood soldier over gun sale dispute and local woman helped afterward, affidavits say
By Kyle Rempfer
Pfc. Brandon Scott Rosecrans, 27, who is assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, was shot dead in May as he slept in his Jeep off base. Police and Army officials say he was killed over a dispute about the sale price of a gun. (Army)
Another person has been charged in connection with the death of 27-year-old Army Pfc. Brandon S. Rosecrans in May, according to an arrest affidavit for the alleged killing.
Estrellita H. Falcon, 37, is accused of helping Brandon M. Olivares, 28, after he allegedly killed the Fort Hood soldier. Falcon is charged with the unauthorized use of a vehicle and hindering the apprehension and prosecution of Rosecrans’ killer, according to Bell County Jail records.
An affidavit details Rosecrans’ alleged killing, which the document said stemmed from an argument over the sale price of a gun. The affidavit alleges that Olivares shot Rosecrans at close range while he slept in his Jeep.
Rosecrans’ 2016 Jeep Renegade was found by police “completely engulfed in flames” off-road in a wooded area near Fuller Lane in Harker Heights, Texas, on the morning of May 18, the affidavit stated. The Jeep was roughly three miles from where Rosecrans’ body was found.
Video surveillance reviewed by detectives showed the Jeep entering the neighborhood where Rosecrans’ body was discovered at roughly 7:16 a.m. May 18, and leaving the area about five minutes later.
After the fire was extinguished, the fire marshal found a bullet hole in the back-passenger door. The front passenger seat was reclined almost all the way.
The Dallas County medical examiner determined Rosecrans’ cause of death as “homicidal violence,” the affidavit stated. The autopsy revealed he sustained four gunshot wounds and “dense stippling” was found at the wounds’ entrances, leading the detectives to believe the shots were made close to the skin.
A search warrant was obtained for Rosecrans’ cell phone, which showed he had been in touch with Olivares on the night of May 17 and the morning of May 18. Rosecrans’ acquaintances confirmed this and a search warrant was obtained for Olivares’ cell phone. Detectives cross-referenced the cellular GPS data from both phones and found that the two men’s phones “pinged” in the same key locations on the morning of the murder and the night before.
A witness who reported the Jeep on fire also spotted two people coming down a hill leading back to the already burning vehicle. The witness called out to the two people, but they changed directions and departed the scene.
A photo sent from Olivares’ cell phone and obtained by police also showed a hand holding a 9mm Ruger. The hand had tattoos that matched those of Olivares, according to detectives, and the background of the photo was of Olivares’ home.
Olivares admitted to detectives on June 18 that the photo was of him holding the firearm, the affidavit stated. The photo was for a gun sale he had “middle manned” on May 17 for $300, Olivares said.
Detectives had earlier obtained a warrant and searched Olivares’ home on June 4, finding a burned Jeep key in a firepit in his backyard.
In an interview with an Army CID agent, Olivares told several different stories that did not match the GPS data obtained from his cell phone or the items found in the Jeep and on Rosecrans’ person, according to the affidavit. One story was that he and Falcon had been with Rosecrans to purchase illegal narcotics prior to his death, but they left him alive and alone. Police said no drugs were found in the car or with Rosecrans’ body.
Olivares said that the last time he saw Rosecrans, the now-deceased soldier was on top of the hill and alive, then he switched the story to say that another person killed Rosecrans in front of him. Cell phone data from that individual’s cell phone showed he was not with Rosecrans and Olivares on the night and morning in question.
Two more interviews with Olivares were conducted, and in each one, he said that Falcon had nothing to do with the death, though he did say she was in the Jeep.
One person who spoke with Falcon after the alleged murder said that Falcon told him Olivares and Rosecrans had a dispute revolving around the price of a gun sale and that Olivares wanted more money than Rosecrans was willing to pay.
“Olivares was scared to shoot Rosecrans and Falcon had called Olivares a ‘punk’ for being scared,” the affidavit reads. “Falcon told [the third-party] that Olivares waited to shoot the man, Rosecrans, until he fell asleep.”
Olivares is being held on a $1 million bail after being charged with murder last week. Falcon is being held on a $100,000 bail.
Rosecrans served as a quartermaster with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. He had been with the unit since November 2018. He joined the Army in May 2018 and his home of record is listed as Kimberling City, Missouri, according to Fort Hood officials.
During a visit to Fort Hood last week, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy acknowledged that there has been a high rate of violent crime, including murder, near the post.
“The numbers are high here,” McCarthy said. “They are the highest, in most cases, for sexual assault and harassment and murders for our entire formation — the U.S. Army.”
An independent command climate review will be conducted at Fort Hood in the coming weeks, staffed by five civilian experts, to assess the situation at the post and identify “root causes associated with the rise of felonies, violent acts [and] to better understand why this is happening at this installation,” McCarthy added.
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