‘What has to change is us:’ Community struggles for answers at vigil for another young victim


MILWAUKEE — Violent crime in Milwuakee continues to take more and more young lives.Police say 17-year-old Breanna Eskridge was shot just before midnight Sunday. Friends and family gathered to remember her at a vigil Monday night.Brittany Eskridge lost her twin sister and best friend to gun violence. Breanna was the mother of a three year old and wanted to be a model.Family friend Tamiko Holmes was there to give Brittany a hug. Holmes lost two children to gun violence this year.Benson: There has been vigil after vigil, stop the violence rally after stop the violence rally. What has to change?Holmes: What has to change is us, my community. My African American people.She says that includes stronger community leaders and more neighborhood watch groups.Jamil Clark has lived near 13th and Concordia for ten years."When people feel hopeless they do bad things sometimes," said Clark.Clark would rather see tax dollars invested in education than a new bucks arena."That money could be better spent with some summer programs for these children," said Clark.That won’t change Breanna’s situation as her family prays for peace."We’ve been born and raised in the hood," said Sabrina Gaud, Breanna’s aunt. "It’s no reason for us to be killing each other. It’s sad, everyday of our life Lord Jesus. We are seeing our children go, Father." (Source)