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.
May 3rd, 2019: Jose L. Rodriguez-Castro, Age 22- Milwaukee
The father of a woman’s child fatally shot the woman’s new suitor after pulling up to the two at a traffic light on Milwaukee’s south side, according to a criminal complaint.
Police recovered 21 spent 9mm casings from the intersection of South 27th Street and West Forest Home Avenue, where Victor M. Cintron, 23, allegedly shot Jose L. Rodriguez-Castro, 22, shortly before 3 p.m. Friday.
Cintron is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, according to the complaint issued Tuesday.
Rodriguez-Castro was stuck eight times as he attempted to shield the woman from the gunfire, which struck three other occupied vehicles nearby, according to the complaint.
Cintron, a concealed carry permit holder, ignored demands to turn his firearms over to authorities after the woman filed a restraining order against him on April 10, according to state court records.
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An arrest warrant was issued for him the next day when he was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and disorderly conduct on suspicion of beating the woman and threatening to kill her, according to the records and the criminal complaint.
He remained at large Tuesday and anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call Milwaukee police at (414) 935-7360.