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Milwaukee mother hopeful new podcast will solve daughter's murder

Posted at 7:48 AM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 23:29:55-05

A Milwaukee mom is hopeful a new murder mystery podcast will help solve her daughter's death after 10 years of searching for answers.

Tammy Love surrounds herself with memories of her daughter.

"All the fun times we had together," said Love.

Someone broke into their family home near 64th and Hampton while Ashleigh Love and her family slept. The 19-year-old was shot and killed in her bed.

"It was a Monday night and the Packers were playing Minnesota. It's like it's all etched in my head you know," said Love.

Love didn't hear the gun, but said she woke up abruptly.

"I went to bed and the next thing I know, and I truly believe this was when she died, I jolted out the bed like and I could hear like running on the steps," she said.

She saw a man with a gun. He had a bandanna covering his face.

"I thought they were robbing us," said Love.

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It wasn't a robbery. Tammy found Ashleigh shot in the head.

"What I saw is etched in my head. As much as I try to get it out," she said.

That was 10 years ago. No one has ever been arrested. Since then, Love has been on national crime shows and written a book. She was part of a documentary, "Letters to Ashleigh," and now a podcast.

Milwaukee mother hopeful new podcast will solve daughter's murder

"I really believe someone out there knows something," she said.

Kyle Olson created the podcast. He also produced and directed the documentary.

"We're putting this all together in hopes that we can actually find justice once and for all for this now 10-year cold case," said Olson.

Milwaukee mother hopeful new podcast will solve daughter's murder

Olson graduated from South Milwaukee High School in 2007.

"I packed up and out to California I came and I've been here ever since," said Olson.

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He went to film school at Columbia College Hollywood and started teaching CPR through the Red Cross, which landed him his big break.

"My first actual job in the industry was working for Tyra Banks on 'America's Next Top Model,' which was a job I actually got after teaching her CPR herself," said Olson.

He spent years working on "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Bachelor." He most recently worked on a Netflix show with Kevin Hart and "Encore" on Disney Plus. He won an Emmy for his documentary "The Last Signal."

This latest project is personal for the Milwaukee native.

"Kyle knew Ashleigh and I think it's more meaningful to him," said Love.

He remains friends with Ashleigh's brother.

"We have incredible access to the Love family and Ashleigh's friends that most podcasts don't really get," said Olson. "By no means are we trying to overstep on what the police have done."

Milwaukee Police Detective James Hutchinson recently re-visited Ashleigh's case.

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"Somebody should be at complete and utter peace sleeping in their own bed and this type of violence occurs and whoever does it vanishes," said Det. Hutchinson.

There are currently 700 cold cases in the city of Milwaukee. Det. Hutchinson said each case is important.

"We are still trying," said Hutchinson. "When this kind of thing comes up again we enjoy people talking about these things because that could potentially generate leads that we didn't have before."

They hope to reach people all over the country who might know something.

"Murder mystery podcasts are very popular these days and the hope is that we can use that platform," said Olson.

Ashleigh's mom shares the same hope.

"This is the last thing that we can do for her on this earth," said Love.

Love has one request.

"I'm just asking people if they know just come forward please, please."

If you have a tip on the case, call Milwaukee Police at (414) 935-7360 or leave a message here.

The podcast, Love and Justice, is set to be released soon. You can find more information here.

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