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'He died alone viciously': Family begs for answers after body found in garage fire

Posted at 9:04 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 23:14:49-04

A family is desperate to find answers after 20-year-old Dajon Grissett was found dead after a garage fire on Milwaukee's north side.   

Those close to Grissett held a vigil in the very spot and time he died one week ago.

"He died alone viciously.  It hurts me because I'm always here for my kids no matter what time of day they call me.  I'm always there for them, but this particular time I just couldn't be here for my baby," said Louise Grissett, his mother.

Firefighters put out a garage fire in an alley near 45th Street and North Avenue.  There was a vehicle inside and that's when they found Grissett's body.  Police are investigating this as a homicide.  They continue to look for those responsible.

"I need to know the why's.  Why did it happen, why did you do it?  That's what I need to know as a mother," said Louise Grissett. 

The smell of smoke lingered as friends and family, hand in hand, remembered their loved one.  They called the garage his tomb.

"Our community doesn't ever get a chance to heal because there's another victim," said Kimberley Zulkowski of Operation Save Milwaukee.

Those close to the victim hope answers bring them peace and justice.

"It's up to the people who live in the community to keep the community safe," said Zulkowski.

"I'm begging, I'm pleading for someone to come forward.  Give us information about what happened to my child," said Grissett.

Grissett doesn't have a criminal record.  His mom said he was studying criminal justice at MATC.