RIVER ROUGE, MI – Theresa Imani Bragg, 30-years-old, of River Rouge, has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of John Laverette, 26-years-old, of Columbus, Ohio. Laverette was the estranged boyfriend of Theresa Bragg.
On Sunday May 2nd, 2021, at approximately 4:13 p.m., River Rouge police were dispatched to a residence in the 20 block of Linden Street in River Rouge for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers located John Laverette, also known as John John Laverette on social media, unresponsive on the floor suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medics arrived on scene and transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Theresa Bragg was arrested at the scene.
It is alleged that John Laverette and Theresa Bragg had an argument over two of the children they had in common. The children were not present in the home at the time. The argument escalated and it is alleged that Bragg armed herself with a gun and fatally shot Laverette multiple times.
Theresa Bragg has been charged with one count of Premeditated First-Degree Murder and one count of Felony Firearm.
A friend of Theresa Bragg posted a long entry on social media about the relationship that Bragg and Laverette had for at least 12 years. The person states that she and Bragg are best friends. She also stated that Bragg and Laverette have four children in common and that Theresa Bragg was a victim of domestic abuse that was violent both physically and mentally. She goes on further stating that Laverette painted himself to be everyone’s friend, “the good guy” but behind closed doors, he would constantly threaten to kill her if she didn’t do everything he wanted.