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'He was my everything': Young Milwaukee father killed in hit-and-run

Posted at 6:28 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 19:44:35-04

MILWAUKEE — The search continues for the driver that hit and killed a man and left three others injured this past weekend.

The hit-and-run, which happened around 3:47 a.m. in the 1700 block of North Water Street Saturday, is now a homicide investigation. The area is near Swing Park and Brady Street.

"To me, he was my everything. He was my anchor. He was my rock," said Yasmine Shipman.

Shipman remembered Giovanni Pizarro, her boyfriend of five years and the father of her 2-year-old son. Gio was critically hurt in a hit-and-run and died from his injuries on Sunday. Gio was just 23 years old.

"I know I might seem composed right now, but as soon as they gave me the news I couldn’t help but drop to my knees," said Yasmine, who added Gio was on a path to become the best person he could be.

Milwaukee Police said a car hit four people crossing the street then took off. Three 18-year-olds were also hit and were expected to be okay.

Yasmine did not witness the crash, but says she was been told it started with a dispute over a phone and that Gio pushed a girl out of harm's way.

"I guess they were all starting to go back to their cars when they noticed this guy make a U-turn and aim for all these people. People are yelling get out of the way," said Yasmine.

MPD says the circumstances that led up to the hit and run are under investigation.

Meanwhile, Yasmine says their son is too young to understand what happened. She is calling on the people involved to come forward.

"Do the right thing," said Yasmine.

Giovanni is an organ donor. His autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Police said they are seeking unknown suspects. The car is a dark 4-door vehicle possibly a Chrysler 300.

If you have any information that can help police call them at (414) 935-7360 or Crimestoppers at (414) 224-TIPS.

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