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'I just massacred my whole family': Man facing five homicide charges in 12th and Locust shooting

Posted at 3:05 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 21:30:40-04

MILWAUKEE — Homicide charges are filed after four teenagers and one woman were found dead inside a Milwaukee home Monday morning at 12th & Locust.

Police identified the victims of the quintuple homicide Tuesday. They are:

  • Demetrius R. Thomas, 14
  • Tera R. Agee, 16
  • Lakeitha M. Stokes, 17
  • Marcus G. Stokes, 19
  • Teresa R. Thomas, 41

43-year-old Christopher Stokes has been arrested and is charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide. Stokes is also facing one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Police said he's the one who called 911 and told them his family was dead. According to court documents, in one of the calls, he told the dispatcher he needed police at 2839 N. 12th Street because "Um, I just massacred my whole family." Stokes also said that "the gun is still upstairs with the bodies" and he was sitting outside on the steps.

In another call, Stokes again identified himself and said "I just killed my whole family" and "With my Mossberg."

A criminal complaint says an officer saw Stokes sitting on the front steps and when asked if he heard any shots, Stokes responded "Yeah, I didn’t hear them, I did them."

Court documents say a detective found a gun on the floor of one of the bedrooms. In the same bedroom, detectives found a 25 count box of shotgun shells with 12 unfired shells. Detectives found 12 other shotgun shells throughout the house.

According to court records, Stokes has a past criminal history of domestic violence going back to 2002. He served time until 2015 for other felony convictions. Currently, the suspect was under the supervision of the Department of Corrections.

Stokes could face life in prison if convicted.

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