Bradley Tech student shot to death in Milwaukee's 5th murder of 2012
The WTMJ News Team
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MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Police spent Thursday morning, the fifth morning of 2012, investigating the city's fifth murder of 2012.
Eddie Ellis, a 16-year-old boy who was in 11th grade at Bradley Tech High School, was the victim.
Grief counselors were on hand to help students at Tech deal with the loss.
Those who knew Ellis called him a good kid; happy, smart and studious.
"He was a good friend," said classmate Darius King.
He was killed just before midnight Wednesday evening near the corner of North 81st Street and West Villard Avenue.
Police said someone shot him several times during a fight outside an apartment building. Family members said he was shot eight times in the chest.
As of early Thursday, police had not made any arrests.
"We're asking for prayers, love, support, everything," said Akeisha McCormick, Ellis' aunt.
She claimed the murder stemmed from a fight on Facebook between the teenager's cousin and ex-girlfriend, a fight in which Eddie was caught in the middle.
"It's real petty. It wasn't worth it. It wasn't," explained McCormick.
Community expresses concern after 5th murder of 2012
This killing happened after four other murders - three on the north side, and one on the city's south side.
"In any city, especially our city, it's a concern when we get off the year to such a bad start," explained Milwaukee Alderman Willie Wade.
He believes much of the violence in his ward is not random, but between people involved in drugs and gangs.
He is not ready to declare a trend after just a few days.
"I know in my aldermanic district four years ago, I had 21 homicides. Last year, I think I may have had seven."
"Unless the community itself helps itself, and speaks out for itself, nothing is going to change," said Omer Hamdan of Capitol Foods, located a half mile from three of the murders.
He believes the only way to really push the crime trend down is solving the problems at the heart of the community.
"It comes down to jobs. It comes down to drugs, money and so forth. That's what it all comes down to."
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January 3rd-The third homicide happened Tuesday and an illegal immigrant husband has been charged with killing wife on south side.
January 2nd-The second homicide happened Monday when a woman was found dead after being shot multiple times in a car on city's north side.
January 1st- The first homicide was New Year's Day where a deadly shooting took place near 29th and Townsend.