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Community offers support following quintuple homicide in North Division neighborhood

Posted at 7:27 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 08:08:59-04

MILWAUKEE — Prayer and support flooded a heartbreaking scene near 12th and Locust in Milwaukee Monday, after police found five people dead in a nearby home.

"I see a lot of hurt, a lot of disbelief, you know, people not believing that this can happen," said Marci Spoke, Chaplain with the Salvation Army.

As crowds of people gathered outside of the police tape, Marci spoke, and her fellow chaplains joined strangers in prayer.

"Just asking God to protect everybody that's out here. Protect the family. Welcome this family into his arms," said Marci.

Derrick Rogers, Director of 414 Life, was in the crowd. 414 Life works with the community to try and stop the violence.

"Just be here, show some love and support, and console people where we can offer some sense of hope. It's hard in the midst of it when it's going on, but that's all you can do," said Derrick.

Derrick has been to tragedies before but says this one is really tough.

"It's just so difficult with everything that the communities going through already just the conditions and the circumstances that were dealing with already to have something like this just makes it even more difficult," said Derrick.

If you or someone you know needs to talk, you can call the Salvation Army's Chaplain Support Line at 1-888-651-7294.

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