Police name teens killed in double shooting
MILWAUKEE - A peaceful hymn echoes as dozens gather at 27th and Vliet. Friends and family of 17-year-old Anmarie Miller reflect.
"Just want to know some answer," says David Guerro, Miller's cousin. "Really sad, 17 years old, a bright future."
And those of 19-year-old James Bell are still in shock.
"I loved them with all of me, and it hurts dearly," says Devonte Coleman, friends with Bell.
Exactly why Bell, Miller, and Clarence Alls came to this apartment is unclear.
"We haven't been able to get the story from the detectives as to what the story really is," John Reed, Miller's cousin, explains. "So as of now we're in the dark."
Police say once inside the hallway, they had a violent interaction with the maintenance man. Our police sources confirm words were exchanged, and then a fight started.
Sources say Bell put the worker in a bear hug and started to choke him. Miller grabbed a small baseball bat and started to hit the worker. Police say Alls punched him, as well.
That's when sources say the man removed a .40 caliber gun from his holster and shot Bell, then Miller, in the chest, killing them both.
Miller leaves behind two young children, including one with Bell. Her family insists this wasn't in her character.
"You can't call her an animal," Reed says. "You can't call her a ghetto this and that. It's not what she deserves."
As the DA determines whether the worker acted in self defense, family and friends hold back tears. But they tell us, they will accept the facts, even if their deaths are justified.
"Whatever the truth is, as a family, we will accept that," says Reed.