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'The community is tired': 6 found shot and killed at Milwaukee home identified

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Posted at 5:43 PM, Jan 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-25 16:31:24-05

MILWAUKEE — Authorities are now searching for suspects after six people were found dead in a home on Milwaukee's north side Sunday.

Authorities are investigating the deaths as homicides, and told TMJ4 News that their injuries are suspected to have been caused by gunfire.

Milwaukee Police were called to a home at 21st and Wright around 3:45 p.m. Sunday for a welfare check. Inside, they found five deceased men and one deceased woman, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

Authorities initially said they had found five bodies, but the ME said in an update Monday that another body had been found in the house.

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Monday night, the medical examiner identified the six victims and their ages as followed:

Charles L. Hardy (42)

Charles Hardy

Caleb A. Jordan (23)

Caleb Jordan

Donald Smith (43)

Donald Smith

Donta H. Williams (44)

Donta Williams

Michelle D. Williams (49)

Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams

Javoni Liddell (31)
TMJ4 does not have a photo of Javoni yet.

The family of Michelle Williams shared this picture with TMJ4 News:

Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams

Over text messages, Michelle’s cousin Senita described her as the life of the party, a new entrepreneur and was always excited about life.

She was the sweetest person the life of the party she love having fun she love coming out to enjoy her family she love dressing trying new hairstyles. She just started her business she had parties coming up to decorate she was so excited about everything.

She literally FaceTime me everyday last week I just saw her couple days ago last thing she says to me was cousin I love you

She was supposed to come to my house Saturday for a party my cousin never made it 💔

The motive, and person or people responsible, is still unknown. Police said they are seeking unknown suspects.

Neighbors, friends and relatives of the victims stood outside the crime scene in shock.

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21st and Wright

“When I seen them, they spoke. They all seemed to be kind," said Alice Cartwright, a next door neighbor. “I was so shocked to hear this happening right next door to me.”

A team from Milwaukee's office of violence prevention showed up to help try and support the community through another horrific crime.

The director of that office sharing her utter frustration.

"This is ridiculous and I'm sorry I don't know what better word to say. The community is tired, we are tired of seeing people's lives snuffed out too soon," said Director Arnitta Holliman.

Milwaukee 15th District Alderman Russell Stamper said neighborhood block captains — neighbors you can report suspicious activity to — had heard of possible drug activity at the home.

“You have to take every little suspicious thing seriously. Too many cars at a house, in and out of a house, too much activity," said Stamper. "That’s not right."

Stamper is urging people to report suspicious activity to block captains, as well as the police.

"My condolences to all of the family members and friends touched by this situation. Just know I have to work harder as an alderman," said Stamper. "Take some steps forward, take some steps back. We’re not going to stop. This is our city. This is my neighborhood. We will be successful and safe someday."

While there is not a suspect in custody for this crime, police say there is no information to suggest there is a threat to the community.

Police are hoping anyone with information will come forward.

Autopsies are scheduled for Monday.

The ME says they investigated a total of 9 homicides this weekend, bringing the total number of homicides in the county so far this year to 20. That's compared to eight homicides at this time last year, the ME says.

Stamper, whose district the incident happened in, said the following in a statement:

"The horrific news of six individuals being found dead near North 21st and West Wright streets has left the community saddened, angry and shaken. To those who have suffered the loss of a family member, friend or neighbor at the hands of this violence, I offer my condolences and my thoughts are with you during this time.

I am saddened by this developing situation. There are no words to accurately describe the feelings of the community at the continuing violence, but one thing remains perfectly clear. WE MUST DO BETTER.

When it comes to curbing violence each and every single one of us needs to agree enough is enough, and we must stand up and speak up to help make a difference. No one should ever discount the impact they can make by voicing a concern over a situation that could lead to escalated violence.

I would implore anyone with any information regarding these deaths to contact Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS or use P3 Tips App to remain anonymous.

For those who were affected by this incident, you can receive assistance by calling the city’s Mobile Trauma Response Team (MPD), at 414-257-7621 or by contacting Milwaukee County’s 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Line at 414-257-7222."

Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas also released a statement:

“Six homicides at a north side location, a total of nine homicides thus far this weekend and 14 homicides in our city to date in 2022. Milwaukee continues to see an alarming rate of violent crime carrying over from the past two years. To say, "enough is enough" is an understatement.

To address the violent crime problem in our city we must have law enforcement on our streets maintaining order and preserving peace. To heed the calls of those who want further cuts to the police budget at a time when we are witnessing record violence in our city will continue to erode the confidence of residents who want to feel safe. It will hinder Milwaukee’s ability to attract new businesses and industry to our city. It will continue to put fear in people wanting to call Milwaukee home or visit our many destinations and cultural attractions.

It is time our prosecutors and judiciary hold persons accountable for violent crime in our city, and City Hall must hold the Fire and Police Commission and Milwaukee Police Department accountable for reducing crime. No longer can we accept this continued escalation of violent crime and disorder in our city.”

Acting Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson said in a statement:

“The murders discovered today on a residential block in the heart of our city are horrific. First, I offer my condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Whatever the circumstances, we must share the grief of those who have lost loved ones.

It is important not to feel numbed by the ongoing violence in our community. A horrible crime has again occurred, and it is not a movie or a fictional account. These victims died in our city, in one of our neighborhoods.

We remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce violence. We will achieve that through strengthened and improved law enforcement, through community intervention, and through a renewed commitment to prevention. Again, we can never accept murderous violence as routine, and we must together recommit ourselves to our shared responsibility to find solutions and make our city safer.”

Over text messages, Michelle’s cousin Senita described her as the life of the party, a new entrepreneur and was always excited about life.

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