Suspect still wanted for deadly shooting outside north side tavern

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CREATED Nov 14, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 14, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- Jermaine Wright died just blocks from his mother's house.  Family and friends considered him a peacemaker.  Now they're searching for peace.

"I just wish he was still here," explained a sobbing Margaret Crowley.  Crowley misses her youngest son who died back on July 18, 2012.  Milwaukee police say someone fired several rounds at a crowd outside JJ's Lounge near 18th and Atkinson.  One bullet hit Wright, a 32-year-old father of three, killing him.

"I tried to do all I could to save his life," said Willie Moton.  Moton and Wright were best friends.  They were together that night.  Moton said Wright was always a peacemaker.  In fact that night, Wright helped a woman retrieve her stolen cell phone stolen from inside the bar.

"Jermaine went to get the phone back for her and actually brought the person who took the phone inside and he gave the phone to her personally," said Moton. But the moment Wright stepped back outside J.J's someone opened fire striking him.

"I covered him up while they were shooting at him. I know it sounds weird but that was my friend I would have done anything to save his life," explained Moton.  He tried to stop the bleeding. "I told him to 'hang on, don't die on me. Don't die on the people you love.  Hang in there, don't give up.  Help is on the way,'" said Moton.  But Wright didn't make it.

Milwaukee Police Detective Robert Rehbein is investigating the murder.  He says they have several people of interest, but no arrest.  When asked if the shooting had anything to do with the stolen cell phone inside the bar, Rehbein said, "That may be a contributing factor which ultimately led to this incident."

Four months since the homicide, the gunman is still out there.  The family just wants closure and justice.  There's a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.  If you have any information that can help crack this case contact the MPD homicide unit at 414-935-7360.