Sister of triple homicide victim wants justice

Posted at 9:57 PM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 11:07:35-05

A candlelight vigil will be held outside the home where the victims were shot, 3330 S. 92nd Street, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 13

MILWAUKEE -- A 39-year-old Milwaukee man is accused of shooting and killing three of his neighbors at an apartment complex.

Dan Popp is charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of 40-year-old Jesus Manso-Perez, 36-year-old Phia Vue and 32-year-old Mai Vue. The three were shot Sunday. Popp is also charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly shooting at Manso-Perez's 18-year-old son.

The sister of one of the victims spoke for the first time to TODAY'S TMJ4. She says she wants justice for her family.

Court documents suggest Popp was determined and deliberate when he killed Jesus Manso Perez. He shot Perez point-blank in the face. Then, he's accused of going after the Vue family. He killed Phia Vue first with his four children in the next room.

"I can't believe they had to live through that," says Ku, the sister of Mai Vue, who did not want her last named used.

Popp's attorney says his client is mentally ill.

"I think that he is entirely confused about everything and I'm not sure he understands what's going on," says  Chris Hartley.

But Ku does not believe that.

"He knew. He took down the strongest people that he could," says Ku.

That includes her sister who she believes tried to fight him off. Police say he dragged Mai Vue into his apartment before shooting her.

"I know she's a fighter. And I know my brother-in-law was a fighter. They're both fighters. They protected their kids you know," says Ku.

Now she wants to protect her sister by making sure Phia, Mai and Jesus get justice.

"There is a lot of us. We always stand up for each other. And this is our sister. We are not going down without a fight," says Ku.

The family has a GoFundMe site to help the Vue's children. There is also one set up for Jesus Manso Perez's family, including the son who was standing next to his father when he was killed.