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Family speaks out at vigil for Milwaukee mom and daughters following AMBER Alert

Posted at 6:27 AM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 07:28:34-05

MILWAUKEE — Cries of anguish came from the family grieving the loss of Amarah 'Jerica' Banks and her daughters, Zaniya Ivery, 5, and Camaria Banks, 4, on Monday.

Banks was last seen Feb. 8th. Her sister Tameka Smith said she dropped Banks off at her apartment after they had held a funeral for Banks' 1-year-old son earlier that day. He just passed away from a medical condition.

"She got in the house. I didn't pull off until the light turned. The next day I am thinking she is fine. She just needs time to rest, time to herself," said Smith.

It was shortly after Banks arrived home that a neighbor said she woke up to shouting and heard a woman scream, "Don't kill me, don't kill me." The woman said she called 911.

Online calls for service show police were called out to the area around 2 a.m., but said they were unable to locate the complainant. The neighbor said she never saw police that night.

The next day, Banks' other sister, Nyesha Smith, went to visit her and found she was missing.

"I banged on the doors. I knocked on the windows, still no Jerica," said Nyesha.

An AMBER Alert was issued Saturday, Feb. 15th for Banks' two daughters. The next day the three of them were found dead in a garage near 47th and Burleigh.

The father of one of the daughters, Zaniya Ivery, went to Tennessee after Banks was reported missing. Arzel Ivery, 25, has since been arrested on aggravated battery charges for hurting Banks the night she disappeared.

He appeared in a Memphis court Monday morning.

"Only thing we need is justice," said Shaquella Champion, Banks' cousin.

Ivery appeared in court in Memphis Monday and waived his extradition hearing. That means he will now be brought back to Milwaukee to face charges.

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