OBITUARY: Katrina Brooks (September 18, 1960 – February 1, 2005)

Jason A. Michael
By | 2018-01-16T17:45:00-05:00 May 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

DETROIT – An activist and avid music lover, Katrina Brooks of Detroit died Tuesday, Feb. 1. The cause of death has yet to be determined. She was 44.
A Detroit native, Brooks, who was known to her friends as “Trina,” graduated from Cooley High School in 1978. She worked various jobs through the years, including managing the E-Z Stop Party Store for over a decade, but her true passion was music. A friend of the late and renowned deejay Ken Collier, Brooks was a co-founder of the Ken Collier Memorial Fund, which eventually came to be known as Ground Level. Brooks helped the organization raise over $20,000 to benefit such causes as The Horizons Project, Children’s Hospital Pediatric AIDS Fund and the Karmanos Cancer Institute in memory of her late friend.
“She was an inspiration to all of us,” said John Collins, a deejay and fellow member of the KCMF. “She was a very kindhearted, giving person and she worked extremely hard with the Ken Collier Memorial Fund, and later Ground Level, even serving as president for a while. She never had a bad thing to say about anybody. She never complained. Whatever she could do for you she would do, without expecting anything in return. She will be greatly missed.”
Brooks had a clique of close friends, including Darryl Dixon, Robert Troutman, Diane Jones and others. Together, they would often travel to hear deejay Frankie Knuckles in Chicago or to attend the Winter Music Festival in Miami. Traveling was a joy to Brooks, and she frequently visited cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Montreal.
“Trina was the type of person who epitomized friendship,” said Jones. “She never judged anyone. She never spoke ill of anyone. She treated everyone with respect and she got that back. She just exemplified basic human decency.”
Services for Brooks took place earlier in week. She is survived by her mother, Linda Brooks, brothers Carl Brooks Jr. and Perry Brooks, a niece, two nephews and a host of extended family and friends.

About the Author:

Jason A. Michael
Jason A. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University before joining Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. Jason has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author having written the authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," which he released on his own JAM Books imprint.