The family of murder suspect and aspiring actor Michael Brea insist he is a "compassionate, gentle, intelligent, spiritual and loving man," despite his being charged with murder for hacking his mother to death with a Masonic sword because he believed she was possessed by the devil. But that's only because the Brea who suspected his mother of black magic and allegedly yelled at her to "repent, sinner" is not the Brea they know and love! They write in a statement, "His brother, father and friends stand by him and will aid with his recovery in every possible way."

Brea says supposedly took the sword from the Prince Hall Masonic Temple in Harlem, which he had joined a week earlier, though he insists his father gave it to him as a child. Brea said of the murder, "So be it. It was the work of God." Though they've given Brea their support, Brea's family is still devastated at the loss of Yannick Brea, who they say, "was a wonderful grandmother, mother, sister, child and friend to countless people in Brooklyn and beyond. Her presence will be missed every day of our lives."