'Another young life was lost': ME identifies 10-year-old homicide victim; died from blunt force trauma

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee police are investigating the death of a 10-year-old Milwaukee girl who died from blunt force trauma Thursday, Feb. 10. 

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 10-year-old Jada Clay on Friday, Feb. 11.

According to the Milwaukee Police Department, the girl was killed some time between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. near 44th and Glendale Ave. Officers said the incident appeared to start with an argument.

Police said they have a person of interest in custody related to the incident.

Neighbors are shaken up by Jada's death. They told CBS 58 in the house where it happened, a mom lived with her children.

"To hear that it happened anywhere is devastating, but two, three houses down -- it's devastating. And I work with kids every day. That's what I do for my profession, so it's just heartbreaking," said Christopher Johns, who lives near the scene.

Violence prevention advocates from 414 LIFE walked through the north side neighborhood on Friday, handing out pamphlets with community resources.

"It is disturbing to me that another young life was lost here in our city," said Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson.

Jada attended Samuel Clemens School, according to the medical examiner. 

Milwaukee Public Schools released the following statement: 

“Milwaukee Public Schools joins our Samuel Clemens School community in mourning the loss of Jada Clay. Her energy, active listening, and sweet disposition are just a few of the things that will be missed by her principal, teachers, and fellow classmates. We offer our sincerest condolences to Jada’s family, friends, and everyone who knew her best.”

A spokesperson for the school district said school and district counselors and staff are available to support those who are dealing with the loss of Jada.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Milwaukee police at (414) 935-7360 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS or P3 Tips App.

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