Canarsie woman found dead in park laid to rest as family awaits answers

Canarsie woman found dead in park laid to rest as family awaits answers
Photo by Paul Martinka

The family of Brandy Odom, the woman who was found dismembered in Canarsie Park last month, held a funeral for her on April 26, but they are still waiting for closure.

Police say there have been no arrests in the horrific crime, but her family is hoping for a break in the case.

“We’ve left it in the hands of the police,” said uncle Anthony Jackson.

“They should be on it every day until they catch somebody.”

On April 6, a passerby discovered the body of a woman missing her arms and legs near a pathway in the park. She was later identified as the 26-year-old Odom, from Canarsie. Police have offered $10,000 for information leading to her killer’s capture.

More than 100 people attended Odom’s funeral at the Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Clinton Hill, including not only her family and friends, but also people who didn’t know her but wanted to stand by her loved ones during the somber time.

“I thought it was beautiful,” said Jackson. “People who didn’t know her but heard about the case came out to show their support.”

Police have not determined who killed Odom, and say the investigation into Odom’s murder remains ongoing.

“No arrests, unfortunately,” said a police spokeswoman on April 30.

On April 29, the Daily News reported that police took a man believed to be Odom’s roommate into custody for questioning, but did not charge him.

Jackson says the family is not frustrated with the police, but he adds they are still keen to learn what happened to her.

“I’m more impatient, not even angry. I’m more hurt,” he said. “I’m not discouraged. I have high hopes.”

Reach reporter Adam Lucente at alucente@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_Lucente.
Tragedy: The death has devastated Odom’s family, including her uncle Anthony Jackson, shown here. They remember her as a kind, goal-oriented, and talented young woman.
Photo by Paul Martinka