Crack That Case

Fox Point father still searching for his son's killer, almost a year later

CREATED Jan 30, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Someone killed a young man almost a year ago, leaving a Fox Point father to search for his son's killer.

A key witness is now speaking out, hoping you can help crack that case.

JJ Kohen’s family remembers infectious smile. You've probably seen it on billboards like these along the interstate, but one woman is haunted by the face of his killer.

“For a father there's nothing like having a son,” said Rick Kohen, JJ’s father.

Rick Kohen knows the pain of losing a son.

"I think the thing that I missed most about my son would probably be the nature that he had within him to love everybody unconditionally,” he said.

That's why the Fox Point father can't understand why someone murdered Justin "JJ" Kohen outside his apartment on Milwaukee's south side back on April 3, 2012.

"This case being solved is for not only our family but for everybody,” said Rick Kohen. “The bottom line that I think people don't realize about my son's murder there are murderers loose amongst us.”

“I came to face-to-face, eye-to-eye," said a witness.

This woman pulled onto south 16th streets moments after "JJ" was stabbed in a robbery.

“He had a weapon in his hand, he looked at me and I looked at him and I put my vehicle in reverse and as I'm driving down my alley I saw the victim,” she said. “He was screaming for help.”

She drove him to the nearest hospital. Unfortunately he died days later.

"We’re really grateful for the people that gave immediate assistance to JJ,” said Rick Kohen.

“I'm sorry for his death,” said the witness. “I'm sorry I didn't get there quick enough.”

Nine months later, JJ's family has billboards around town searching for justice.

“It was my son that was killed this time,” said JJ’s father. “If we don't catch these people, if we don't make our best effort to crack this case, these guys could go out and do it again."

That's the fear of this woman who has seen the killer, at least once, since the murder, still walking the streets.

Police are looking for two men involved but the one is described as standing 5'6” tall with a thin build with a tattoo over his right eye likely a teardrop.

JJ's family wants justice and this witness caught up in a murder wants to stop looking over her shoulder.

“I'm terrified,” she said.

Police have interviewed the witness. She's even called police after spotting him, but police just can't seem to find him.

But if you can help, you can get a $10,000 reward.

If you can help Crack That Case, contact MPD's homicide department at 414-935-7360.