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Bernell Trammell, a well-known Black supporter of Donald Trump, was shot to death in broad daylight on Thursday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The motive for his murder is unclear and Milwaukee police are seeking what they described as “unknown suspects.”
Locals are now calling for federal prosecutors to investigate.
As reported by The Blaze, Patricia Holland, who lives near the crime scene, said she heard multiple gunshots near Trammell’s business, Expressions Journal Publications.
“I seen the ambulance and stuff – the police flying by my house, and I just said, ‘Oh my god,'” Holland said. “What happened to him, I mean — it shouldn’t happen to anyone. It’s a senseless death.”
Trammell was known as a “Rasta street preacher,” who supported Black Lives Matter and even had a hand-painted sign outside his store that read: “THUMBS UP BEFORE GUNS UP!”
“He was a happy person,” Holland said of Trammell. “He always talked to everybody that came by basically, say hi and speak to them.”
Trammell was reportedly an independent who supported both Republicans and Democrats.
“He believed in democracy. He believed in his right to free speech,” said local John Self. “I don’t think he ever once tried to convert you or change you. He would just tell you what he thought, he would listen to what you had to think, and then he would respect that.”
“He was a kind man,” Johnny Schaeffer, who knew Trammell for almost his entire life, told Heavy. “He was a gentle guy. Some people didn’t like what he said, but they respected him for the most part, I thought. I’d go down there, people would always say, ‘Bernell, hey.’ He knew everybody in the neighborhood. I am shocked right now.”
“He was a positive guy,” blogger Adebisi Agoro said. “I didn’t see him being mean or violent at all toward anybody while he was outside with his signs. He’d be on his bike. I’d see him pretty much daily.” Agoro spoke with Trammell just hours before the shooting, according to the report.