"Wrong place at the wrong time:" Loved ones gather to remember man killed in drive-by shooting
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — The Milwaukee community is coming together to mourn the loss of 36-year-old Johnny Rivera. He was shot and killed in what his family says was a drive-by shooting.
Milwaukee Police are still looking for the person who shot and killed Johnny Rivera. The shooting happened around 7 p.m. on Wednesday near 23rd and Maple.
Police say he was fatally shot while sitting on a porch with another male. Johnny’s mother said this happened after he helped to unload groceries with family.
“A car was coming and someone started shooting and they hit my son in the head,” Johnny’s mother Marlene Rivera said.
Dozens gathered for a vigil Friday night to remember Johnny.
“It’s so hard because he didn’t do anything. He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Rivera said.
Johnny’s family and friends are calling for justice and bringing attention to gun violence in Milwaukee.
“Obviously, so many people loved him and we hope his death is not just another death in Milwaukee,” his cousin Katie Paynes said.
Marlene would like to see more punishment for criminals.
“Someone just to comes and terrorize the community. They need more consequences definitely,” Marlene said.
Marlene moved from the Bronx to Milwaukee about 30 years ago, but her son's tragic death is pushing her to leave.
“It was not his time.You want to keep them in your house and not let them go nowhere,” Marlene said. “I hate Milwaukee, right now. Because I came here looking for a better life for my kid and I didn’t think I was going to lose my son here.”
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Milwaukee Police are still looking for suspects. They say a dark-colored car was last seen leaving the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.