Friday, January 6, 2012

"It's just senseless, killing each other over nothing."

Milwaukee Murder Victim The 5th Of 2012 In Less Than 5 Days
Re-printed from a story at FOX 6 on January 5th 2012

A 16-year-old was killed when he got in the middle of an argument about Facebook in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee police have responded to five murders in less than five days. It's a violent start to the new year, with the latest murder happening just before midnight Wednesday.

2012 has started off with nearly a murder a day in Milwaukee. The most recent victim is also the youngest. Family members say 16-year-old Eddie Ellis was caught in the crossfire of an inter-family feud. "It started all over Facebook comments. Two girlfriends of my other nephew that's incarcerated, they got into it. One of them got into fighting, and one of them got beat up and called some other family members, and they came over here to fight again, and the people they brought had guns," the victim's uncle, Corey Broady said.

Ellis was shot and killed shortly after 11 Wednesday night. Following the shooting, police arrested seven females for questioning. No suspects have been identified in this case at this time. "It's just a tragedy. We are totally hurting," the victim's aunt said.

Early Wednesday, police responded to a call of a body found, and discovered a man shot to death in the 3900 block of N. 13th Street. Police have not yet identified the victim, and continue to search for information in this case.

The year's third murder happened Tuesday morning in the 2800 block of S. 13th Street. The body of 24-year-old Dayana Bados was found with multiple stab wounds. Police are still searching for the accused killer, the victim's estranged husband Luis Bados. Denise Gonzales lives nearby and says she was shocked by the violence. "Who would want this? I don't think anybody would want nothing like this. You've just got to be careful," Gonzales said.

Another apparent domestic dispute, according to police, happened around 2:00 a.m. Monday in the 3800 block of N. 24th Place. 43-year-old Desiree Harrell was found shot to death in her car. Since that time, police have arrested a suspect who gave a full confession to the crime.

The first homicide of the year remains unsolved. Police say it occurred on the first day of the year, around 4:00 a.m. 23-year-old Travon Johnson was shot to death in his car near 29th and Townsend. Police have not arrested any suspect in connection with this case.

A statement from the Milwaukee Police Department about the recent string of murders says: "None of the five homicides were random acts. They are not connected in any way to each other, nor to a singular crime issue in the city."

Family members of the deceased say the growing death toll only brings more pain. "Life is more important than stupid stuff. It's just senseless, killing each other over nothing. You're hurting a lot of people by killing people," Broady said.

UPDATE 01/01/2013
A Milwaukee County judge sentenced Timothy Tyree on Thursday, January 3rd 2013 to 27 years in prison and another 13 years of extended supervision.

Tyree was found guilty in October of killing 16-year-old Eddie Ellis outside an apartment building on the city’s northwest side in January 2012. He was convicted on a charge of first degree reckless homicide.

Ellis was shot and killed near 81st and Villard on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 after an apparent fight that seemed to involve Facebook posts. Ellis was not involved in the fight — he was just someone trying to get home at the time.

References:
Facebook, Eddie Ellis
Fox 6, MPD Is Investigating Milwaukee's 5th Homicide In Less Than 5 days
CBS 58, Teen Murdered
WTMJ 620, Bradley Tech Student Shot to Death