MILWAUKEE — Three men have been charged in the death of 24-year-old Russell Setum. Setum was shot and killed Sunday, April 29th near 48th and Wright.
If convicted, the men may face 40 years in prison and/or $100,000 in fines.
The criminal complaint in the case says Setum’s mother, Leona Setum received a phone call from Russell, who indicated he was coming home to drop off his vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Leona received a phone call from Russell stating he was outside, and Leona went outside to meet him.
The complaint says Leona went outside and could hear Russell’s vehicle speeding northbound on N. 48th Street from W. North Ave. towards W. Wright St. Leona said she saw another vehicle following close behind him. The car parked to the rear of Russell’s car and had a black female occupant.
The complaint says Leona saw Russell exit his vehicle, and then saw someone running along the north side of her neighbor’s garage. This person was wearing a black hoodie with the hood up over his head, and approached Russell’s vehicle. Leona said the individual had a shiny handgun, and yelled “break yourself” as Russell exited his vehicle.
The complaint says Leona saw the individual walk toward Russell and Russell went down onto his hands and knees, raising his hands in the air. The individual then said “take off your jacket” and Russell complied. The subject then ordered Russell to take off his shoes and asked where the keys to Russell’s truck were.
The complaint says Leona was begging the suspect not to kill Russell, at which point the suspect said “sorry mama,” and shot him once or twice near his head. The suspect then walked towards Leona as she was scrambling to get back inside the house, and shot at least five shots within 20 feet of her. Leona was hit by one of these gunshots before making it into the house.
The complaint says Russell’s truck was later found burned in an alley, with all four tires and rims removed. The truck was completely destroyed by fire.
Surveillance video showed the suspects’ vehicles following one another to the area where Russell Setum’s truck was found burned.
Loved ones gathered at a memorial for Russell Setum Monday, April 30th. They said they believe someone who knew Setum tried to rob him and took his vehicle.
“He was a great person. He meant a lot to a lot of people. He left his imprint on people’s lives with his tattoos,” Setum’s friend, Jonathan Adams said.