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Medical Examiner identifies 12-year-old killed in Milwaukee over the weekend

Multiple neighbors told TMJ4 News they believe a hammer was used in the incident.
Andre R. Smith II
Posted at 12:25 PM, Aug 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-30 19:28:43-04

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner reported the homicide of a 12-year-old boy around 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

Police say the homicide occurred around 8:30 a.m. on the 4600 block of N. 46th Street. The boy sustained life-threatening injuries due to blunt force.

An 8-year-old boy suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The Medical Examiner identified the victim as Andre R. Smith II of Milwaukee. Andre's grandmother, Illysha McCroy, started a GoFundMe for the family. Click here to learn more and donate.

His grandmother tells TMJ4 News that a suspect has been arrested. Milwaukee police have not confirmed the news.

Andre R. Smith II
Andre R. Smith II

Multiple neighbors, including Lewis Williams, told TMJ4 News they believe a hammer was used in the incident.

Williams also said he heard arguing, and that he saw the young man injured in a driveway before people put him into a car and drove away.

"A child, that's messed up. I really don't know what to say," said Williams.

He said he also overheard the 8-year-old, who was injured, speaking at the scene.

"From what I heard, directly from his mouth was, 'he tried to hit me with the hammer, too,'" said Williams.

MPD are investigating and searching for a known suspect.

Community activist Tracey Dent, near the scene, said he was "in denial" when he heard something so terrible could have happened.

"We have to wrap our arms around this whole family with nothing but love and support," said Dent.

TMJ4 will provide updates as they become available.

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