Ex-wife of dead Three Oaks man deported for charges of murder

THREE OAKS, Mich. -- Things were going well for Michael J. Brown despite his divorce. He was travelling all over the world to help out those in need. He helped people from Afghanistan become sponsored so they could visit the United States and he even helped build an elementary school in El Salvador, which is how he met his ex-wife.

But then his wife reached out to Michael, possibly in hopes to reconcile, and he planned a trip to El Salvador. Unfortunately, he wouldn't make it back home.

"That's not a day I like to remember," Barry Brown, Michael's brother said. "I got a call at five in the morning from his ex-wife, Nuri. She just said, 'He's dead, he's dead."

Michael J. Brown was shot at least five times and killed on February 16, 2013. Nuri told Central American Politics that there were masked men dressed as the country's national police who flagged down the car. Thinking it was a checkpoint; Brown stopped and was shot in the neck. He and Nuri attempted to flee, but he eventually died. But Barry and his family had thoughts this wasn't a random act of violence.

"They were about a half mile from the house on a lonely dirt road," Barry said. "I got a call a few days later that it was kind of a set-up type of thing."

Barry wasn't the only one who had suspicions. In January, Interpol issued a red notice, or a warrant, for Nuri's arrest. On Wednesday, she was deported to El Salvador so she can face charges of murder.

"Since the news yesterday [Wednesday], it's been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster," Brown said. "It's 18 months this week since he passed. So the pain is still there. I feel way better knowing they got somebody. But, they tested her for gunshot residue and she passed that test so I know there's at least one other person involved. When I hear more on that person, I'll be happy."

Barry has started a memorial in Michael's memory. You can donate at http://www.browniesmemorial.com/.

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