Sunday, December 13, 1987 - 4:30 PM
Carly Brock is a 20-year-old, Caucasian female who was the victim’s girlfriend at the time of his death. The interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff’s Department and was recorded on a portable audio tape recorder with witness’ knowledge and consent.
- Detective Terry Nelson
- Carly Brock
Detective Nelson: Good afternoon, Miss Brock. Please come in and have a seat. I’m Detective Nelson. We’re sorry for the loss of your friend.
Carly Brock: Thank you, Detective. I really can’t believe he’s gone. Who could have done this to my Kevin?
Detective Nelson: Before we get started, we’ll have to have your name and address for our records.
Carly Brock: My name is Carly Brock and I live… I live at 311 Stewart Hall.
Detective Nelson: Can I get you some water, Miss Brock? I know this is hard for you, but these are important questions.
Carly Brock: No, thank you. I’ll be all right. Really.
Detective Nelson: If you feel up to it now, I’ve got to ask you a few questions. First off, when and where was the last time you saw Kevin Gilmore?
Carly Brock: I saw Kevin last Thursday. I finished my last class, and I went back to the dorm around four o’clock. Kevin came by and told me he had to work that night, and then he kissed me goodbye and left. If I'd have known that was be the last time I’d ever see him, I never would have… I just wouldn’t have let him go.
Detective Nelson: Do you have any idea why Kevin would have been out on Hathorn Road?
Carly Brock: I don't know.
Detective Nelson: You said the last time you saw Kevin was around 4:00 p.m. on the 10th. Is that correct?
Carly Brock: Yes, that’s correct.
Detective Nelson: Weren’t you concerned after not seeing him on Friday?
Carly Brock: Not really. I knew he was supposed to work after practice. We both have full class loads on Fridays, and Kevin said that Friday afternoon practice would go late because of the game with Tulsa.
Detective Nelson: How about Saturday?
Carly Brock: Saturday, I figured he was sleeping in. He likes to rest before games. I slept in until about noon, and then I went shopping with my friend. I figured I’d see Kevin at the game, but when I got there, he wasn’t there and no one had seen him. That’s when I got worried because he would never miss a game. I thought he might be sick because he has diabetes, so I tried calling him but he didn’t answer. He usually controls it well, but I was starting to get worried. I went by his room and he wasn’t there. I went back to the gym and looked for him all the way through the game but never saw him. I checked at his room again then went back to my room, hoping he might come by there. I called Nick Crosby, his roommate, and he said he hadn't seen him since earlier in the day. Not knowing what else to do, I waited up for a long time then fell asleep.
Detective Nelson: Were you with anyone else at the game?
Carly Brock: No, I went alone, but I sat with some girls from school until I left to check his room. After the game, I left alone.
Detective Nelson: Tell us more about Kevin as a person?
Carly Brock: Kevin could be moody sometimes. His family didn’t have as much money. He didn’t have all the opportunities that I had growing up. In fact, he even told me more than once that he'd wished he’d had parents like mine. I told him he should be proud to have parents that loved him and worked so hard to raise him. His parents, Donny and Judy, are really nice people. They were so proud of Kevin for getting the scholarship to Ole Miss.
Detective Nelson: How long had you and Kevin been seeing each other?
Carly Brock: I met Kevin January 10th of this year at a game against Florida. He was just so tall and not necessarily the most handsome guy I’d ever seen, but there was just, I don't know, something about him. I’m sorry. It's just really hard.
Detective Nelson: How was your relationship?
Carly Brock: We loved each other, but I mean, at times it was hard because we didn’t get to see each other as much as we wanted because of our schedules.
Detective Nelson: Take your time, Miss Brock. Do you need to take a break?
Carly Brock: Thanks, Detective, but I just want to get this over with.
Detective Nelson: Can you tell me more about Kevin’s medical condition? Do you know anything about his medication or did he have a special diet? Did he have to take any special precautions when he played basketball?
Carly Brock: I know he had to inject insulin twice a day and he was on a special diet. I stayed on him and made sure he watched his diet and took his medicine. As for basketball, I don’t know of any precautions he had to take except for making sure he watched his diet.
Detective Nelson: Who knew about Kevin’s diabetes besides you?
Carly Brock: Let me see, his roommate Nick Crosby and his best friend Richie Turner, for sure. And I’m sure his coach and the team physician knew. There may be others, but I can’t think of anyone else.
Detective Nelson: What did Kevin do in his spare time?
Carly Brock: Kevin didn’t have a lot of spare time. Between studying, basketball and his job, there wasn’t a lot of time left for him. He’d go out with his teammates or with his friend Richie once in a while. We didn’t have a lot of time together, but when we did, we’d go to the movies or just stay in and watch TV.
Detective Nelson: Was Kevin having problems with anyone you knew of?
Carly Brock: There was one guy on his basketball team named Jason Finnegan who gave Kevin a hard time. I don’t know him, but Kevin always said he thought he deserved the scholarship that Kevin got. All I know is that they didn’t like each other.
Detective Nelson: What can you tell us about Kevin’s relationship with his roommate, Nick Crosby?
Carly Bock: As far as I know, everything was OK, although lately it did seem like Kevin was kind of angry towards him. He said, "I wish Crosby would get off my damn back." I have no idea what he was talking about. I just figured they’d had some sort of argument.
Detective Nelson: What can you tell me about his friend Richie Turner?
Carly Brock: Richie is Kevin’s best friend, but I’m not sure how long they’ve known each other. They’re not roommates because Richie already had a roommate when Kevin came here.
Detective Nelson: Did Kevin get along with his coaches and teammates on the basketball team?
Carly Brock: Yeah, as far as I know. He never said anything about anyone on the team except he always griped about Jason.
Detective Nelson: Was Kevin having any problems with the people he worked with at The Juke Joint?
Carly Brock: Not that I know of. He never complained about anything. His friend Rhonda -- she's a waitress there -- she looked after him like a mother hen.
Detective Nelson: Miss Brock, do you know of anyone that would have wanted to harm Kevin? Is there anyone else we should talk to concerning this case?
Carly Brock: I can’t imagine anyone wanting to harm Kevin. If I were you, I’d talk to Jason Finnegan and Nick Crosby.
Detective Nelson: That’s going to do it for right now. Thank you for your time. You’ve given us a lot of information. Once again we’re sorry for your loss. You can go now.
Carly Brock: Thank you, Detective. Please find my Kevin’s killer. Please.
Interview ended: 5:05pm