By Sam Kraemer
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee County medical examiner has identified the four people who were found dead in a murder-suicide near 49th and Oklahoma.
Pathologists at the medical examiner’s office performed autopsies Thursday, Dec. 9, concluding the date of death was Monday, Dec. 6.
Records show 54-year-old Jeazell Woodruff, 42-year-old Jason Wilhelm, 7-year-old Kevin Becker-Wilhelm were victims of homicide. Fredrick Holmes, 49, the suspected shooter, died by suicide.
The autopsy reports say Holmes and Woodruff lived together in one unit of the duplex. Woodruff’s family told FOX6 the pair was engaged. Wilhelm and Becker-Wilhelm lived in the other unit. The three homicide victims were all found dead in Wilhelm’s unit. Holmes was found dead in his unit.
Police were initially called to the residence for a welfare check, responding around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Domestic violence prevention advocates say it’s time for our community to step up and help those who are vulnerable.
The scene was mostly quiet Thursday. From the alley, there were signs of what once was, like an empty children’s playset and remnants of crime scene tape.
“When such horrendous violence happens, it’s so painful, so heartbreaking,” said Carmen Pitre, Sojourner Family Peace Center.
This latest act of violence in the home has caused concern for prevention advocates like Pitre. She fears our society downplays violence and says we’re in dire need of systemic solutions.
“We’ve gotta look at it head-on and say, ‘What can I do from where I am in the community? How can I contribute to helping those who are isolated?'” said Pitre.
Milwaukee police are still investigating what led to this shooting.