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'He was my world': Milwaukee family grieves after 13-year-old boy is killed by reckless driver

Posted at 4:20 PM, Dec 16, 2020

MILWAUKEE — A 13-year-old boy was killed just two blocks from his Grandmother’s house. He was on his way to visit her when Milwaukee Police say he was hit by a reckless driver.

The family identified the little boy as Justin Wilder. They say he was a shy and silly child who loved to play with his brothers.

“It just hurts so bad he is gone at 13 years old,” said Elaine Freeman, Justin’s aunt.

“He was my world. All my grandkids are my world,” said Monica Freeman, Justin’s grandmother.

Justin and his father were just two blocks from Justin’s grandmother’s house at the intersection of Sherman Boulevard and North Avenue Tuesday evening, when police say a driver who was speeding crashed into them.

A man who lives nearby says he saw the crash happen.

“The person who hit the car where the people who were injured indicated that he flew past them right into the intersection and T-boned a small car,” said neighbor and witness Roy Evans.

Justin’s grandmother Monica Freeman raced to the scene.

“When they got him out of the car to put him in an ambulance, I held his hand. And I was talking to him and he was unresponsive,” said Monica Freeman.

Justin died a short time later. His death is one of 71 this year alone. That’s an increase of nearly 60 percent compared to the same time last year there were 45 fatalities.

“I pray to God that these young men that are running around people that they stop because they are taking innocent people’s lives. That boy did not get the chance to grow up,” said Elaine Freeman

Milwaukee Police say they have not made any arrests. They are still investigating the crash.

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