Lantern Lit on 12/28/16-1/4/17 for Melanie Johnson, Age 15, and Melanie’s unborn child, of Milwaukee, and Terrance Tucker, 27, of West Allis
Lantern Project: Since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added to the lamppost in front of Hope House a purple wreath. We will turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We will post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities. We know the list of stories we post here is incomplete. We strive to learn about and share these stories but know that there are some that we and the media miss. If you see a news story of a death in WI related to domestic violence and don't see it posted here, please feel free to let us know about it here. Thank you.
We are not aware of an obituary at this time. If we become made aware of one, we will add it here.
News Story: "A West Allis woman was charged with homicide Tuesday in the fatal shooting of her live-in boyfriend at their house last week.Investigators said Brittany S. Baier, 28, admitted to fatally shooting Terrance J. Tucker, 27, following an argument. Baier initially lied about the shooting, telling investigators that an intruder killed Tucker and tied her up, police said. She later said Tucker, the father of her 1-year-old son, had beaten her shortly before the shooting.
Police initially responded to the couple's house near S. 88th St. and W. Arthur Ave. after Tucker's mother reported her son missing. Before police arrived at the house to check on Tucker, Baier also reported him missing"...Read more
News Story: "MILWAUKEE COUNTY -- 18-year-old Alex Dixon, one of two men charged in connection with the murder of 15-year-old Melanie Johnson was in court Tuesday, December 27th for his preliminary hearing...According to the criminal complaint, police were called to a home near 35th and Silver Spring shortly before 6:00 p.m. on December 12th. They found the victim, Melanie Johnson, 'laying in the hallway.' She was pronounced deceased within a half-hour.
Relatives say Johnson, a student at Marshall High School was standing in her kitchen when bullets came in through the window and hit her. A relative said Johnson went into the kitchen to get her infant nephew when the shots were fired.
The medical examiner performed an autopsy -- and indicated Johnson suffered two gunshot wounds 'fired from an indeterminate range.'
The complaint goes on to say a cousin of Johnson stated that Johnson's brother had 'been having a 'beef' with another group of guys from 34th and Silver Spring. This group goes by the name 'Slutty Boyz.' The cousin said 'the problem started when (Johnson's brother) started dating a girl that has a child with a 'Slutty Boy' named Alex'"...Read more