Milwaukee Police Arrest One, Search for Another Charged with Teen's Murder
They were targeting someone else and killed an innocent child instead. That's what police say happened with the murder of pregnant teenager Melanie Johnson. One man is in custody the other is still out there.
Investigators say the shooting that killed Melanie Johnson had nothing to do with her. These two young men had a problem with her brother and police say the beef all started over a girl.
Almost as hard as her death Melanie Johnson's family struggles to learn the reason why the 15 year old was shot to death. Milwaukeee police say - 19 year old Alex Dixon was mad that Melanie Johnson's brother was dating his ex girlfriend.
" I miss her, I miss her, but it just makes me really feel disgusted that it was over some foolishness," says Dawnesha Robinson, Johnson's cousin.
Dixon told police - he and Martaouse Holloway went looking for Johnson's brother LJ. They walked by the family's home on 35th street. Dixon heard his ex girlfriend, LJ and Melanie inside laughing from outside.
Both he and Holloway pulled out guns - fired into the kitchen and ran away. One bullet went through Melanie Johnson's chest- the other her arm.
" I miss her, I miss her, but it just makes me really feel disgusted that it was over some foolishness," says Dawnesha Robinson.
Sheila Kitchens, Johnson's aunt says, "I just want the community and people to please drop your grudges. Learn and practice forgiveness. That is golden. You don't have to let your bitterness take you to a place where you feel it's necessary to take another human beings life."
Johnson's family says the teen was nine weeks pregnant when she was killed. None of them knew she was pregnant, but say when the bullets meant for her brother came through the window she died saving his son - her nine month old nephew, Little LJ.
"Everybody is affected by this tragedy, it didn't have to happen its senseless," says Sheila Kitchens.
Again Milwauke Police say they're still looking for Martaouse Holloway and ask anyone that knows where he may be to call them immediately,
Melanie Johnson's funeral is scheduled for Friday December 23rd.