MPD investigating first homicide case of 2012

MILWAUKEE -- Only hours into 2012, Milwaukee police were investigating the first homicide of the year on Milwaukee's north side.

Shots rang out on 29th Street near Townsend early Sunday morning - only about four hours into the new year. Family members say 23-year-old Travon Johnson was shot and killed following a New Year's party. Sunday evening, friends and loved ones gathered off of 29th Street, to share grief and memories. It was a vigil to show sadness and celebrate a life cut far too short.

When asked why the man, nicknamed "Monty" was targeted, and who pulled the trigger, family members say they don't know. "An innocent person is gone, and that's all we know. He didn't deserve this at all," Johnson's sister, Kenyatta Evans said. Evans said Johnson had a son, and was a kind-hearted and respectful person. "He was everything to everybody," Evans said.

Now, this family is grieving after their loved one was taken from them after barely getting the chance to ring in the new year, while police investigate the first homicide of 2012. Police haven't yet released much information, but say the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information that may assist the Milwaukee Police Department in this case, you're asked to get in touch with them. The number to call is 414-935-7360.