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Milwaukee family shares heartbreak after mother's death investigated as a homicide

Posted at 5:56 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 18:56:01-04

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee family shares their heartbreak after police say a mother of four was found dead inside her home on West Becher over the weekend.

“Great woman, best person I ever met in my life,” said the victim’s son, Ramsetty Nieto.

Family has identified 53-year-old Rosa Rivera as the victim of a homicide Sunday morning on Milwaukee’s south side.

The Riveras said her fiancé has been taken into custody, but all they know about her death is it’s being investigated by Milwaukee Police as a homicide.

The Medical Examiner’s Office said Rivera’s death is suspicious.

“Everybody that ever knew my mom was always good things, never anything bad about my mom from people,” Nieto said.

Three siblings fought back tears as they picked out their favorite photos of their mother.

“That’s her sister-in-law, her brother, sister from Mexico,” Nieto said. “She’s on her way here now.”

Her children say the photos show a glimpse into the life Rivera lived on Milwaukee’s south side for the last 40 years. Sadly, the pictures will be displayed at her funeral.

Milwaukee Police said they were called to a house on West Becher early Sunday to investigate Rivera’s sudden death. The cause has yet to be identified.

“Right now we’re all kind of in a state of shock still,” said son Sergio Rivera.

While Rivera’s children wait for details to emerge, they’re trying to reflect on the memories they shared with a woman who worked hard for what she had.

“Most of our lives she worked two, three jobs at a time,” Rivera said. “We would see her and stuff, but she was just working by herself like crazy to take care of all three of us.”

Rivera’s son said her greatest love was her kids and grandchildren she leaves behind.

“It’s going to be hard, but we’ve just got to make sure everybody remembers her for the great person she was,” said Nieto.