Over $12K raised for children left orphans after murder-suicide

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- FOX6 News has learned support has been pouring in for three children left orphans following a murder-suicide on the city's south side in December.

The incident happened on December 19th at a home in the 1600 block of S. 21st Street.

Police say a 26-year-old Milwaukee man shot his 26-year-old live-in girlfriend, killing her -- before taking his own life.

Two girls, ages five and six, and their two-month-old brother were left orphans following the incident.

A special fund was set up on behalf of the three children.

Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan helped set up a fund for the children -- and about a month later, on January 15th, he offered an update on the fund.

"I'd say I'm very pleased with the fact that people stepped forward," Alderman Donovan said.

With initial donations of $500 each from the Milwaukee Police Association and an anonymous business, the fund has grown.

"As of (January 15th), we have $12,992 in the account," Alderman Donovan said.

The money will be used for many things -- including college tuition when the time comes.

Donovan says the city has stepped up in a very big way with a generosity that will have an ongoing, positive impact on these children and as the fund continues to grow, Donovan is now asking for a different kind of help.

"Looking for any attorney who would come forward pro-bono to help us create a trust fund for these children -- would love to work with them and get this done," Alderman Donovan said.

Donations can be made at any Tri City National Bank location under the "Jefferson Orphan Fund."