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16-year-old shot, killed on Milwaukee's north side; second teen killed this week

Posted at 8:39 AM, May 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-06 19:21:48-04

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are investigating after a 16-year-old was shot and killed Wednesday evening.

Police said the victim suffered a gunshot wound and died from his injuries. Officials said the investigation found the shooting happened on the 6800 block of W. Fond du Lac Avenue, but the victim was found near 50th and Burleigh at 10 p.m.

No suspects have been identified and police are still investigating.

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This is the second teen shot and killed this week in Milwaukee.

On Sunday, a 15-year-old was killed near 37th and Marion. The Mequon-Theinsville School District confirmed the teen was Jacob Howard, a sophomore at Homestead High School.

The school district said in a statement:

"This is a truly devastating time for our entire school district community. We know our students, families and community members are experiencing feelings of shock and deep sadness...Student support staff have been available in the Homestead Counseling Office and will continue to be available for students through this difficult time. We ask that you join us in keep Jacob's family and friends in your thoughts at this time."

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Both incidents happened in Milwaukee's 7th District. The alderman for that district, Kalif Rainey, said in a statement:

"The devastating effects of gun violence in Milwaukee further emphasize our community’s obligation to provide safe environments for all children to learn, grow, and prosper. The community grieves the passing of these young men and our deepest sympathies lie with loved ones and friends experiencing the loss of the victims."

Community activist Vaun Mayes said there's not one thing that can be blamed for the rise in youth-involved violence, but the pandemic hasn't helped.

"A lot of people don't like to blame COVID, but COVID has a lot to do with it. Young people not being in school, so you have young people who are out and about, nothing to do and getting involved in the wrong kind of activity," Mayes said.

He wants other kids in the community to know there are people, like him, they can reach out to.

"There are people who care, to help them get involved in other things to have better use of their time. And we just want to help them live better and more fuller lives instead of just 15, 16, 17 years old, dying at those ages," Mayes said.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Milwaukee police at 414-935-7360 or Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at 414-224-8477 (TIPS) or P3 Tips App.

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