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Man killed in Milwaukee is the son of a Puerto Rican mayor

Posted at 10:09 AM, Mar 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-21 18:48:57-04

MILWAUKEE — According to legal documents, the man killed on Muskego Avenue on Thursday was the son of a Puerto Rican mayor.

28-year-old Christian Roldan-Acevedo died at Froedtert Hospital on Thursday after being shot in the head in a gas station in the 1400 block of S. Muskego Ave., according to authorities. A suspect was charged with homicide after police say the two started fighting in the gas station and the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot Roldan-Acevedo.

According to a demographic report from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner, his father was Julio Rodan-Concepcion, the mayor of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Rodan-Concepcio shared the news on Twitter Friday saying (translated), "It is with deep regret that I inform you that my oldest son, Christian Alexander, passed away yesterday in the city of Milwaukee. The pain of losing a child is one that marks the life of a father."

Milwaukee police said a 24-year-old man was taken into custody in connection to the incident, which sparked from a fight according to MPD.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office charged 24-year-old Melvin M. Casiano-Nazario with first degree reckless homicide - use of a dangerous weapon for a deadly shooting at 1418 South Muskego Avenue on Thursday, March 17, according to a criminal complaint released Monday.

The complaint states Milwaukee police responded to a shooting at a gas station at that address. There, they found a person identified by the initials CAR lying in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to his head. The initials match those of Christian Alexander Roldan-Acevedo.

Roldan-Acevedo was brought to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The complaint states a camera inside the gas station recorded the shooting. The video shows the victim waiting in line to buy items when the defendant, Casiano-Nazario, enters the store and gets behind the victim.

The victim turns around and says something to the defendant, the complaint states. The defendant responds and moves towards the victim. As he approaches, the victim hits the defendant on the head with a beverage can, according to authorities.

The victim then hits the defendant with his hands several times. The complaint states the video shows them moving away from the counter and towards the merchandise aisles.

The complaint states while he is being hit, the defendant does nothing to block the attacks. Instead he turns his back to the victim and reaches into a satchel bag over his shoulder. The defendant also moves towards the exit.

The complaint states that's when the defendant pulls out a gun from the satchel, racks the gun, and follows the victim. The victim meanwhile is trying to move through the exit door with nothing in his hands.

The defendant then raises the gun and shoots Roldan-Acevedo, who falls to the ground and "bleeds profusely," according to the complaint. The defendant walks past the victim and the pool of blood and leaves the gas station.

The defendant was later arrested and interviewed. The complaint states Casiano-Nazario admitted he shot the victim after the victim hit him. The defendant claimed he was acting in self-defense, according to authorities.

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