|Death: ||Dec. 15, 2010|
North side shooting leaves Bay View student, 17, dead
Dec. 16, 2010 6:51 p.m.
Markus Evans is being sought by the Milwaukee Police Department in connection with multiple shooting offenses. Evans is considered armed and extremely dangerous and was last seen in the area of 4th and Keefe streets. Police advise that anyone seeing Evans not approach him, but notify police immediately at (414) 935-7360.
Jonoshia M. Alexander's friends said Thursday that she loved to dance and to make other people laugh, making her a popular, standout student at Milwaukee's Bay View High School.
Alexander's friends spent the day consoling each other and making posters to commemorate the 17-year-old junior, who was shot and killed about 6:55 p.m. Wednesday while walking from a bus stop to her home on the city's north side after staying after school for dance practice.
Alexander was not the intended target, police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said. She was pronounced dead at the scene, near N. 4th St. and W. Keefe Ave., less than a half-mile from her home.
Markus Evans, 17, wanted for several shootings and seen Wednesday night in the area near where Alexander was killed, was arrested Thursday, Schwartz said.
However Schwartz said the Police Department is not describing Evans as a suspect in Alexander's killing.
Word of Alexander's killing spread quickly among her classmates, said her friend, Tevin Neal.
"Everybody was hugging each other," Neal, 18, a senior at Bay View, said of the atmosphere at the school Thursday. "I didn't believe it. People didn't want to believe it at first. That's how popular she was."
Alexander often made her friends burst into laughter during lunch, said Tassney Clark, 15, a sophomore who said she is also on the school's dance team.
"I can't believe she's gone," said Clark, who helped other friends make posters to hang in the school's hallways and to send to Alexander's family. "Everybody really loved her. We're going to miss her."
Alexander also participated in theater and advanced concert choir at Bay View and recently played a role in the school's production of "Through the Looking Glass," said Roseann St. Aubin, speaking for Milwaukee Public Schools.
"This is really tearing us up," St. Aubin said. "It's always hard to lose a student. When you lose one who has friendships in the school and has been a contributor to the school, the pain doubles."
Grief counselors met with students Thursday, St. Aubin said.
Alexander's family said they were confused and shocked by her killing. A man who answered the door at her home Thursday said, "She didn't deserve this."
"Everyone is grieving over her loss, and we don't have any information," said Alexander's aunt, who asked that her name not be published.
Alexander has two younger brothers, ages 16 and 9, and planned to study dance and art theater after graduating from high school, her aunt said.
"She was a great daughter, a very loving sister to her two little brothers," her aunt said. "She had a lot going for herself. She had a lot of ambition. She was planning to go to college. She was a very loved young lady."
Alexander is at least the third MPS student killed in a homicide in Milwaukee this year, St. Aubin said. Connell Latrell Clemons, 18, was shot Oct. 31. Davit L. Burton, 15, was stabbed Nov. 24. Charges have been filed in both cases.
Alexander is the 94th person killed in a homicide in Milwaukee this year, according to the Police Department. A total of 72 homicides occurred in Milwaukee in all of 2009.
The Milwaukee Journal
Created by: Sam
Record added: Dec 16, 2010
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