"A genuinely good person:" Loved ones remember 18-year-old Kiara Brown fatally shot near 99th and Carmen

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Updated: 10:13 p.m. on March 27, 2018

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The suspect wanted in connection with the shooting of 18-year-old Kiara Brown has turned himself into Milwaukee Police. 

Brown was found shot inside a vehicle in the area of 99th and Carmen on Monday. Investigators say she died from her injuries. 

Police say their investigation is ongoing and the case will be presented to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office for a charging decision. 

A Milwaukee high school student was found dead in a car on Monday. The man suspected of shooting and killing her turned himself in Tuesday.

The family of 18-year-old Kiara Brown wants people to know how loved she was.

"Kiara did not have a bad bone in her body," said Kenisha Brown through tears. "Kiara. I can find nothing bad to say -- not just because she's my daughter, not because of the situation -- she was genuinely a good person."

Brown can't believe her daughter is gone.

"It's just unexpected and difficult and hurtful and everything. Everything. I just feel everything," said Brown.

Kiara Brown was going to graduate Harold St. Vincent High school in May. On Monday, she was killed by someone her family says she trusted.

"A couple of weeks ago, out of the blue, he called her up," said Brown. "She said, 'Mom, he called me,' and I'm like, 'Oh. What he want?' She was like, 'He wanted to show his car off.'"

A boyfriend from many years back had called Kiara recently, but the two were not currently dating. Kiara Brown's family says the 18-year-old was shot in the suspect's car near 98th and Carmen in Milwaukee.

One day later, Tuesday afternoon, the 19-year-old turned himself into police. The family knows the identity of the man suspected of killing Kiara Brown. CBS 58 is not naming him because he hasn't yet been charged.

Kiara's mother says there were no warning signs this man would be violent.

"Violence and abusing violence is a learned behavior," said Reggie Moore, Director of the Office of Violence Prevention, Milwaukee Health Department.

Moore says unhealthy behavior the suspect displayed is not what one would normally classify as domestic violence, but it is unhealthy behavior. It's something they are hoping to eliminate before things turn fatal.

"We've seen shootings that have revolved around or been related to domestic violence," said Moore. "The fact that someone has access to a firearm and they're also emotionally or physically abusive, it increases the likelihood that type of abuse will become fatal."

The Office of Violence Prevention recommends reaching out to a friend and a place like Sojourner Family Peace Center if you are fearful of someone you're close to.

Kiara's family says the man in jail has no idea what he took from them.

"God took an angel. Kiara was so special, and my angel is home," said Brown.

The family has set up a GoFundMe to pay for the unexpected funeral expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/kiarasmemorialfund


Updated: 8:35 a.m. on March 27, 2018

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Police are identifying the victim as 18-year-old Kiara L. Brown. 

MPD is searching for a known male suspect. The investigation is ongoing.


Posted: 9:26 a.m. on March 26, 2018

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Police are investigating a homicide on Milwaukee’s far northwest side.

Investigators say a woman was shot inside a vehicle in the area of 99th and Carmen and died from her injuries. Police responded to the shooting around 5:30 Monday morning. 

No suspects are in custody at this time. 

This is a developing story. Stay with CBS 58 on air and online for the latest updates. 

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