South Milwaukee homicide; teens found dead in car

South Milwaukee police said two people were found fatally shot inside a car near 5th Avenue and Bay Heights late Thursday night, Dec. 29.

Officials said they received a call shortly before 11 p.m. on Thursday about two unconscious people inside a car. Officers arrived and found the victims dead.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victims as 18-year-old Jaelen Yracheta and 17-year-old Ava Allen.

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Family members told FOX6 News the victims were cousins – one of them a high school senior, the other graduated earlier this year.

Yracheta's mom found the teens dead and called police, the family said. They were too upset to speak on camera, but said they are trying to figure out why and how this happened.

South Milwaukee homicide investigation near 5th Avenue and Bay Heights Road

When it comes to losing a friend Colin Frey never expected to say goodbye like this.

"I was at work and I just stopped, it was really weird hard to believe," he said. "It doesn’t feel real.

"I wanted to pay my respects to her on the day I found out. It was important to me, I want to come here and remember my times with her and just say goodbye."

Ava Allen and Colin Frey

Frey is talking about Allen, a senior at Franklin High School. He said he wants to focus on the good memories he shared with her.

"I miss her, but I know that we can all smile again at one point"

Neighbors, like Zachary Pundsack, told FOX6 News they did not recognize the car and the victims did not live where they were found. 

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"Life can just be taken from you very quickly, it’s kind of scary, they should have been here a lot longer, they had a lot of life to live," he said.

The motive is still unknown, and police said no arrests have been made.

The South Milwaukee Police Department is working with the Wisconsin State Crime Lab to gather evidence. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 414-768-8060.