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“A Day of Light:” Vigil planned in honor of young brothers killed during attempted robbery in West Allis

WEST ALLIS -- Friends and family members on Tuesday, February 21st were set to bury two teens from West Allis who were gunned down in their home during the course of an attempted robbery. Two boys, ages 14 and 13, are charged in this case.

CJ and Trajan Edwards

CJ and Trajan Edwards

Funerals were held at 11:00 a.m. for 19-year-old CJ Edwards and 17-year-old Trajan Edwards. Trajan was a student at West Allis Central High School  -- and CJ was a recent graduate.

CJ Edwards was fatally shot during an attempted robbery at a home near 89th and Becher on February 12th. Tray Edwards fought for his life for two days. On Tuesday morning, February 14th shortly before 11:00 a.m., Tray Edwards was pronounced dead.

CJ Edwards, Trajan Edwards

CJ Edwards, Trajan Edwards

According to a criminal complaint, police on February 12th responded to a home near 89th and Grant -- where they found a shell casing on the floor as they entered, along with some blankets and a "large amount of blood."

14-year-old in custody after shooting in West Allis; 1 dead, 1 hurt

17-year-old Trajan Edwards was found in the living room, and taken to the hospital. He died two days later, on February 14th.

19-year-old CJ Edwards was located deceased in the kitchen.

Police took two boys into custody for the crime: a 14-year-old boy and what they called his "13-year-old accomplice" in the attempted robbery.

Spencer Lewis

Spencer Lewis

The 14-year-old was arrested after a standoff at his home near 84th and Beloit.

Spencer Lewis faces two counts of first degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon and one count of attempted armed robbery, use of force. He's charged as an adult.

According to the criminal complaint, Lewis stole a gun from his dad. He and a 13-year-old accomplice told police they planned to rob 17-year-old Trajan Edwards who they say "had a lot of marijuana, money and video games."

The 13-year-old was charged in children's court.

Lewis is due in court on March 16th for the return of a doctor's report evaluating his competency.

Home where CJ, Trajan Edwards shot in West Allis

Home where CJ, Trajan Edwards shot in West Allis

Meanwhile, a vigil is being organized to remember the young Edwards brothers taken too soon. Organizers said the response has been overwhelming.

"This whole community feels that loss. What compels me is that mom in me and the heartbreak that I really feel over this," Debbie Gast, vigil organizer said.

Debbie Gast

Debbie Gast

Gast said plans to honor the brothers have grown more than she could've imagined.

"It really started as a neighborhood gathering. It's really grown into something I think is quite amazing," Gast said.

The event is called "A Day Of Light." Community leaders, coaches and school officials will gather at West Allis Central High School. They plan to have music and a candlelight vigil for CJ and Trajan Edwards.

Memorial for CJ, Trajan Edwards

Memorial for CJ, Trajan Edwards

"It can be anyone's way to be the light in this community. We're here to do anything that they need us to do. We're willing to come together and help in that healing process in whatever way that we can," Gast said.

"A Day of Light" will be held on Saturday, February 25th at noon. The event will be held outside, as long as the weather cooperates. Money will be collected to help the family with funeral expenses.

3 comments

  • FACTS ONLY

    This is my first comment or reply to…..ever made on a public page & I was wondering if I should start off with calling someone ignorant or stupid…but I’ll refrain…& try to keep an open mind about how readers come to whatever comprehension or conclusion they have reached after reading a column or story on the news page.
    Usually the word motive is used by the police when they are questioning a suspect because they are trying to figure out what the criminal’s in question intent was or why did the criminal shoot, stab, rob a person aka victim…..and the suspect will give THEIR VERSION…doesn’t mean its true & factual of why they did what they did….perhaps they thought they may have seen or NOT SEEN….money, drugs, pills, food, clothing, hair, your car that may have a full tank of gas or Not, purse or wallet that may look like like its bulging with cash….or more often a lot paper containing bills to be paid that are Past due….Who knows…or plain & simple maybe nothing at all. The criminal had a weapon & just felt powerful. And the victim or victims if they haven’t been murdered can explain corroborate the incident of why they think or believe they may have been targeted. In this story the police are just putting the information about the motive of the suspect because this is what the SUSPECT SAYS he was robbing them for & just an fyi…this suspect is 14 years old…just because he says he wanted to rob them of drugs and money, video games etc doesn’t mean that this is what was in the home of these 2 young victims home. I don’t recall or haven’t read ANYTHING that confirmed these two young victims were selling or using drugs. I see this too often where the news speaks to the police for the details and the police will often state at the moment they are still investvestigating & in cases like this “it appears to be robbery” . Just like the nice lady killed outside her workplace and her trader Joe bag is missing…the thug that shot & killed her for her bag….what in the ^@#! did that idiot suspect think was inside that bag…I guess he could only speculate…money, pills,tampons…maybe a ham or turkey sandwich…Again who knows? But I’d like to give the victim the understanding of she was innocent & whatever reason a Thug muderous criminal with a gun sizes you up and targets you for…MOTIVE….has nothing to do with the victim or victims. Again, this is only the police stating what the suspect’s motive was because this is what the unstable minded young suspect told police he was hoping to net with this armed robbery/homicide. Believe it if drugs were on the scene of this homicide..the police would have no problem saying the selling of drugs was a factor. What we do know is the 17 year old loved to play video games & allowed the suspect into his home as a friend to play video games with him…which is what the suspect knew he could definitely have the 17 year old victim not thinking he was in any danger.

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