Brown Deer shooting: Mother killed, remembered at vigil
MILWAUKEE - Family of 23-year-old Arieuna Reed, a mother killed in a domestic violence shooting over the weekend, held a vigil in her memory Wednesday night, Feb. 9.
The shooting also took the life of a man who tried to help her and left another man injured in Brown Deer.
"She was just loved by everyone, everyone," Charisse Reed, Arieuna's aunt, said.
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Investigators said Arieuna was shot and killed by her child's father, since identified as 26-year-old Larvell Huddleston. It unfolded in the parking lot of a Brown Deer apartment complex.
"Right now, my heart is broken, it’s torn. I don’t sleep at night. I think about her, I think about my little nephew because I see him every day," Charisse said.
Police allege that the gunman, Huddleston, shot at officers on scene – but they did not return fire. When the shooter turned the gun on himself, police said the 2-year-old was inside an apartment with him.
"Every time someone comes through the door, he’s looking around for his mom. You know it’s devastating," said Charisse.
"I’m shattered right now. I don’t know what to do. I lost my beautiful angel."
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The group gathered in the shadows of Milwaukee's Marshall High School. They remembered Arieuna's bright smile, many talents and dedication to her son. Standing together, they also shared a message about domestic violence and mental health.
"There could’ve been ways this could’ve been prevented," Arieuna's cousin, Malik, said.
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Loved ones devastated by loss now turn their thoughts to the 2-year-old boy.
"The support means more to us than anything – the love and support, that’s what we need right now," said Charisse.
A GoFundMe online fundraiser has beet set up to help pay for funeral costs.