Crime Stoppers offer $28,000 for information on murder of transgender woman in Milwaukee

TONIGHT, A COMMUNITY THAT IS BAD, IT BAD. >> THE TRANS COMMUNITY IN MILWAUKEE IS THE MORNING. THEY SUFFER. >> WE ARE OUTRAGED TO LEARN OF THE LOSS OF A YOUNG BLACK AND TRANSGENDER WOMAN IN OUR CITY. >> WOMAN JOCASTA ZAMARRIPA, SAYS SOMEONE KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT BRAZIL’S BRUTAL MURDER OF 28-YEAR-OLD JOHNSON ON JUNE 15. >> WE GET TOGETHER TO ASK THE PUBLIC TO HELP US FIND OUT WHO DID THIS. >> BUT AT THIS TIME THE POLICE HAVE VERY LITTLE WALK. NO ARRESTS IN MORE THAN TWO WEEKS SINCE DEADLY SHOOTING NEAR TEUTONIA AND NORTH. AT A VIGILE FOR BRAZIL WEDNESDAY NIGHT, HIS MOTHER SAYS SHE BELIEVES IT WAS A HATE CRIME. >> BECAUSE OF WHEN SHE WAS SHOT. I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY HOW MANY TIMES BUT IT WAS A LOT. IT WAS NEARBY. >> 12 NEWS ASKED POLICE ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION. BRAZIL’S MOTHER SAYS SHE WAS SHOT SEVERAL TIMES IN CLOSE RANGE AND DISFIGURED, CAN YOU CONFIRM THAT? OR IS THERE SOMETHING UNUSUAL OR GIVING YOU A SENSE OF MOTIVE WHAT THE MOTIVE COULD BE? >> I CANNOT CONFIRM THE NATURE OF THE INJURIES, THE INVESTIGATION IS STILL FLUID AND IN PROGRESS. >> AS A COMMUNITY AND A FAMILY SEEK CLOSURE, THEY ALSO WANT JUSTICE FOR BRAZIL. >> SOMETIMES THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF INFORMATION CAN BE BIG IN THESE CASES. EVER FEEL LIKE BUT YOU KNOW COULD NOT BE BENEFICIAL. THIS MAY BE EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED. >> HILLARY MANY WAYS TO GIVE INFORMATION TO THE POLICE IF SOMEONE HAS IT. >> YOU OFTEN HEAR THE POLICE AND MANY WITNESSES ARE AFRAID TO TALK. YOU CAN DO THIS ANONYMOUSLY IN SEVERAL WAYS. YOU CAN CALL THE POLICE 24 HOURS A DAY. CRIME STOPPERS LEAVE AN ANONYMOUS TIP. WE HAVE A NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN. AND THERE IS AN APP FOR MPE D.

Crime Stoppers offers $28,000 for information on murder of transgender woman

Brazil Johnson, 28, killed June 15 near Teutonia and Garfield

A reward for information about the murder of a black transgender woman now stands at more than $28,000. Brazil Johnson, 28, was killed on June 15 near Teutonia and Garfield avenues. No arrests were made. Milwaukee Crime Stoppers president, attorney Michael Hupy, pledged $25,000, and Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Cream City Foundation, and Milwaukee Crime Stoppers each contributed $1,000 toward the reward. “As a black transgender woman, Brazil Johnson represents a segment of our community that faces an epidemic of violence. Ensuring that everyone, regardless of race or gender identity, feels safe in the Milwaukee County is of the utmost importance,” the Milwaukee County Supervisor said. Pierre Burgélis. “The reward money provides an added incentive for anyone with information about this horrific crime to come forward and help bring justice to Brazil’s loved ones.” Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 414-224-8477. Johnson is at least the 17th transgender person killed in the United States in 2022, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Black transgender women account for 66% of all victims of fatal violence against transgender and gender nonconforming people.

A reward for information about the murder of a black transgender woman now stands at more than $28,000.

Brazil Johnson, 28, was killed on June 15 near Teutonia and Garfield avenues. No arrests were made.

Milwaukee Crime Stoppers president, attorney Michael Hupy, pledged $25,000, and Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Cream City Foundation, and Milwaukee Crime Stoppers each contributed $1,000 to the reward.

“As a black transgender woman, Brazil Johnson represents a segment of our community that faces an epidemic of violence. Ensuring that everyone, regardless of race or gender identity, feels safe in the Milwaukee County is of the utmost importance,” the Milwaukee County Supervisor said. Pierre Burgélis. “The reward money provides an added incentive for anyone with information about this horrific crime to come forward and help bring justice to Brazil’s loved ones.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 414-224-8477.

Johnson is at least the 17th transgender person killed in the United States in 2022, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Black transgender women account for 66% of all victims of fatal violence against transgender and gender nonconforming people.

Mark M. Gagnon