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Family holds vigil for innocent bystander killed during Milwaukee Police pursuit

Posted at 11:02 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 00:02:53-04

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee family is grieving the loss of a 19-year-old killed as an innocent bystander. Lequon McCoy had recently graduated high school and was working at Chuck E. Cheese, according to his family, because he liked to have fun.

"He gone. I will never see him again,” cried his sister Latredriana McCoy.

The teen was killed during a police chase about 1 a.m. Thursday near Locust and 12th streets.

“For somebody to come and knock on my door at 6 o'clock in the morning and tell me he's dead. It don't seem real. That's my baby brother,” said McCoy.

According to Milwaukee Police, her brother was hit and killed by another 19-year-old driving a stolen car. Officers had been chasing that vehicle when the teen ran multiple stop signs and stoplights. He also avoided a crash on Capitol Drive a few blocks earlier. But then he drove through a flashing red light and slammed into McCoy’s vehicle.

“People who want to steal cars and think that this is 'Grand Theft Auto' or a video game or something like that, it’s not. It’s real out here. People are losing lives all because you want to steal a car,” said his cousin Shardae Pickens.

McCoy’s family now has a strong message for the Milwaukee Police Department.

“Remember when you are chasing somebody over a material thing, a car that can be replaced, there’s innocent lives in these streets,” said Pickens.

“The driver almost hit some on Capitol. You all should have called off the chase then and my little brother would not be gone,” said McCoy.

The 19-year-old whom officers were chasing was hurt in the crash. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition and is awaiting charges.