Bay View neighbor honors fallen city work with zombies

Posted at 9:33 PM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 23:16:42-04

A Bay View neighborhood got festive in memory of a friend. The community created "Zombies for Ziggy' in honor of the slain Milwaukee city worker Greg "Ziggy" Zyszkiewicz.

"Greg, known as Ziggy, who lived on the block was murdered last year and he loved Halloween," said Jessica Benes who lives on the block.

Zyszkiewicz was on the job as a city inspector last spring when he was shot and killed. His neighbors on Pine Avenue between Howard and Humboldt Park said his loss hit all of them.  Ziggy often pitched in doing things for others so they wanted to do something for him. 

"We were like let's just do this for fun for Ziggy," said organizer Christine McGovern.

"We all put zombies up to celebrate his life and pay homage to him," said McGovern.

But it's turned into so much more for this small community.

"It's really fun to see people out yards and doing something for Halloween. And with everything going on in the world it's really cool to have something fun to distract," said Benes.

They are also collecting money for Ziggy's favorite charity Fisher House in Milwaukee.

A box is sitting outside a home at 3534 Pine Avenue for donations. They are hoping driver drop off donations or trick-or-treaters bring some change when they come by.