Alderman says family of boy shot, killed needs public’s help

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Darius Simmons

Darius Simmons

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Alderman Jose Perez says the family of 13-year-old Darius Simmons — the boy who was shot and killed near 19th and Arrow, needs the public’s help.

In a statement, Perez said he urges residents to help the boys family by making a donation to a memorial fund at any Tri-City National Bank location. The donations will help the family pay for burial costs.

Perez said in his statement: “I took part in a prayer vigil for Darius near his home at S. 19th and W. Arrow Streets on Saturday, and I witnessed the family’s deep sadness and grief. I ask that the community please help the family during this very difficult time by making a donation of any size to the memorial fund.”

Simmons’ 75-year-old neighbor, John Spooner, has been charged with first degree murder in the shooting.

According to the criminal complaint, Patricia Larry told police her son was taking the garbage cart back from the curb when Spooner confronted him. Larry told police the man accused Simmons of breaking into his house and demanded the teen return stolen property, including shotguns. Spooner then pulled out a semi-automatic pistol.

Spooner reportedly met with Alderman Bob Donovan the morning of the shooting — complaining about multiple break-ins to his home.

Saturday, June 2nd, the judge gave Spooner a $300,000 bond. He is due back in court June 11.

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