Mother pleads for answers in mysterious murder of her son

Jan 27, 2022, 10:42 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 5:53 pm

OGDEN, Utah — Ogden police say Brian Housely is the victim of a drive-by shooting that had nothing to do with him. His mother says there must have been someone else in the car or others around who saw something who now need to do the right thing, and come forward.

Sometimes the pain of not knowing makes it seem impossible to move on.

“It’s just, it never leaves and you think that you’re nevver going to get to that next step,” Darcie Housely said. “You hear about all these steps of grieving, and I feel like this just happened yesterday to me every day.”

Housely says her son, Brian, was kind and loving. He was only 28 years old when he was killed.

“He was just friendly to everybody. He didn’t care who you were, he was going to make you his friend,” she said.

Which makes it all the more difficult to understand how he could be taken away so easily. Police believe that he was NOT the target of that November 2017 shooting.

He was shot in the head, as investigators believe gang members were after someone else.

“It’s hard to explain unless you live through it, but you know it’s something that you just can’t fathom that. You feel like he’s been forgotten.”

It’s why she can’t stop asking the questions, who did it? Who saw something during those early-morning hours, around the 900 block of 16th street?

She’s trying to keep the search going online using a “Justice for Brian” page. She’s hoping someone will grow a conscience, and share what they know. Housely says people often ask her if she can ever forgive.

“You just want them to say they’re sorry and maybe, down the road … but nobody’s even sorry. They don’t even care,” she said.

It’s a tough question for her to answer, with so much left open-ended.

“He didn’t deserve to die that way,” she said.

If you have any information that may help, you can of course call the Ogden Police Department. The Utah Cold Case Coalition is offering a $5,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Josh Ellis

Elk herd returns to SLC’s Foothill Drive; one hit in crash overnight

UDOT and the Utah DWR are urging drivers to be on alert as a herd of elk returned to roads near the mouth of Parleys Canyon Friday morning.
6 hours ago
Shelby Lofton

Steal. Sell. Repeat. Wave of construction thefts leaves Utah buyers stuck paying the price

They thought it was a steal. Turns out, they got scammed. The law caught up to a man who stole construction equipment and sold it to unwitting Utahns, but his victims say they’re the ones paying for his crimes.
1 day ago
Unified Police Department squad vehicle. (KSL TV)...
Eliza Pace

Woman in custody after crashing into 3 civilian cars and 3 police cars in Midvale chase

A police pursuit resulted in damages to three Unified Police Department cars and three civilian cars Thursday night.
1 day ago
(Andrew Adams/KSL TV)...
Eliza Pace

Two arrested in Glendale shooting

Two men were arrested Thursday for the fatal shooting of a 35-year-old man in the Glendale neighborhood
1 day ago
A search is underway for Austin Madsen, 32, of Mapleton, Utah. (Mapleton Police Department)...
Shara Park

Search underway in Garfield County for missing father suffering mental health crisis

A desperate search is underway right now in Garfield County for a 32-year-old father from Mapleton, who was last heard from almost a week ago.
1 day ago
Mike Anderson

Utah is developing a flying motorcycle

We live in a time, where inventions can be built at home and where 3D printers, and machining devices help realize dreams.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Mother pleads for answers in mysterious murder of her son