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Kenosha fatal shooting victim identified as 23-year-old Sean Bialas

Posted: 6:54 PM, Feb 14, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-14 20:22:48-05

The victim of Saturday’s fatal shooting in Kenosha has been identified as 23-year-old Sean Bialas. Bialas was a quadriplegic man who made headlines three years ago for his troubled past.

Balloons, teddy bears, and candles line the staircase up the apartment where Bialas took his last breath. The victim’s mother, Karen Bialas, said she’s wondering how someone could shoot a man who had no way of defending himself.

“It ain’t real. How? why?” asked Bialas.

Bialas got a call Saturday night, saying she needed to get to her son’s apartment, where he had been shot and killed. 

“Sean loves everybody,” she said. “Sean puts everyone before himself.”

A 15-year-old is now in custody in connection to the shooting. Kenosha Police tell TODAY’S TMJ4 this is being investigated as either an accidental shooting, homicide by negligent handling of a deadly weapon, or reckless homicide. 

“Sean couldn’t even hold a gun,” said Bialas. 

Bialas said her son was confined to a wheelchair, leaving him helpless in that situation.

“Sean had no use of his fingers after being a quadriplegic,” she said.

Back in 2014, Bialas was paralyzed after corrections officers were called to his cell at the Kenosha County Jail. They were trying to place him in a restraint chair. After the incident, Bialas was no longer able to use his legs or fingers. 

“If my baby wouldn’t have been paralyzed he wouldn’t have been here and this wouldn’t have happened,” said Bialas. 

Bialas said she will continue to fight for justice in the incident that left him debilitated, and now the shooting that took his life.

“He’ll never be forgotten, Sean will always be in everyone’s heart and mind, Sean is with us everyday,” she said.

Bialas’ friends and family gathered at Northport Baptist Church in Kenosha Tuesday night for a memorial service, followed by a candlelight vigil at the scene of the shooting. 

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