The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) is investigating the homicide of a 17-year-old girl.
MPD says the 17-year-old was a passenger in a car near the 4700 block of N. 29th Street just before 7 p.m. on Sunday evening when she was shot. She later succumbed to her injuries. The incident is believed to be road rage related.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office identified her as Teonna D. Covington.
Her mother said she just turned 17 and was the mother of a newborn.
“I kept calling her and usually she would answer. I knew something wasn’t right. Then I get a call from my sister-in-law saying something about a car accident. I didn’t find out my baby had been shot until I got there," said Toni Ivy, Teonna's mother.
TMJ4 News spoke with Ivy in the middle of making funeral arrangements.
An unexpected change: We did speak with Teonna's mother, who said she only thought her daughter was only in an accident until she made the scene.— Tony Atkins (@TonyAtkinsTV) April 18, 2022
She then learned her daughter was killed. pic.twitter.com/Vum8EJpFOY
Lasandra and Tre Walker live in front of the part of the street where the 17-year-old was killed. Tony Atkins spoke with them about what they saw, and their message to people using guns for violence.
Milwaukee Police continues to seek suspects in this incident and anyone with any information is asked to contact Milwaukee Police at (414) 935-7232 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-Tips or P3 Tips App.
According to Milwaukee Police, there were two homicides over the weekend, bringing the year-to-date total to 61. That number is nearly double the year-to-date number in 2021, which was a record-breaking year for homicides in itself.
For Tony, Teonna was more than a statistic in MPD's database. She was a young mother with her full life ahead of her.
A GoFundMe has been created to help the family. If you would like to donate, click HERE.