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Milwaukee man charged in killing of five family members

Posted at 9:45 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 23:36:00-04

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man has been charged in the killing of five of his family members.

43-year-old Christopher Stokes faces multiple counts including first-degree intentional homicide.

Thursday night family members adding more pictures to a growing memorial honoring the victims.

According to a criminal complaint, Milwaukee Police say a man called 911 twice within a matter of minutes Monday morning.

They say during the first call a man identified himself as Christopher Stokes and said he needed police on North 12th Street because "I just massacred my whole family."

In the second call, police said the man again identified himself as Stokes and said, "I just killed my whole family with my Mossberg."

When police arrived at the home officers say Stokes was sitting outside on the steps. An officer asked him if he heard any shots. They say he responded with, "Yeah I didn't hear them. I did them."

Police say they found five people shot to death inside the home and 12 spent shotgun shells. One of the victims also suffered blunt force trauma to the head.

The victims' ages ranged from 14 to 41. Four of the victims are teenagers.

Relatives tell TMJ4 News the teens were smart and enjoyed being with family.

A cousin believes the youngest victim and Stokes' son, Demetrius Thomas, was ready for college.

The oldest victim Teresa is described as the sweetest lady.

The complaint does not offer a motive into the killings.

Stokes has a previous felony conviction. His bail is $500,000.

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