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Father among two killed overnight, marking city's first two homicides of 2021

Posted at 10:20 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 07:13:24-05

MILWAUKEE — Loved ones continue to mourn after the city’s first homicides of the year.

Milwaukee Police said a 23-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were shot and killed while sitting in a car on 34th and Hampton just before 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

A vigil was held for one of the victims, Kenyatta “Kennie” Cox, 23. TMJ4 News is still working to confirm the identity of the second victim who was with Cox that night.

Hours later, candles were lit and balloons were released on behalf of Cox. Family said Cox was a hip hop artist aspiring to make it big in rap.

“It was sickening. I feel for his moms, his aunts, his cousins,” said cousin Taranda Westmoreland.

More than a dozen loved ones braved the cold to honor Kenyatta, more commonly known by his stage name Kennie Lu.

“Kenny Lu. He made some nice songs. He was one of Milwaukee’s finest,” Westmoreland said.

Travelle Pompey, a resident in the area near the shooting, said he was home when he heard the shots.

“It sounded like assault rifle type,” He said. “I’m like ‘God, what is that?’ My girlfriend was actually shoveling at the time. She said ‘somebody’s car is really loud’ I said ‘those aren’t cars those are gunshots.’”

He was at home with his family during the time of the shooting.

“That’s sad. I though at least a week or two we could go without some bodies dropping. But that just how it go. These streets are wild,” Pompey said.

His cousins said they hope the person responsible for the shootings sees a day in court for their crimes. In the meantime, they remember their loved one.

“He’s still going to live on through everybody that was around him. Because he was a person you could not forget about,” said Nayla Delarosa

The two deaths mark the first two homicides in the City of Milwaukee in 2021.

The suspect, or suspects are still on the run. Police said anyone with information can come forward via CrimeStoppers at 224-TIPS.

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