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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Friends and family of Reggie Evans gathered at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, December 28th to honor the life of the 21-year-old who was killed while working at a George Webb just over a week earlier.

Evans is being remembered as a young man with a fun-loving spirit, a passion for basketball and a willingness to always go the extra mile for others.

On December 20th around 2 a.m., police say 28-year-old known felon Delorean Bryson, and several others, walked into the restaurant near Oakland and Locust where Evans was working. Prosecutors say the group appeared intoxicated and began throwing items around the room. Waitresses tried to get the group to leave.

"He was intervening because it was ladies and they needed a little help," said Evans' uncle, Winston Ford.

When Evans stepped in, police say Bryson threw hot coffee at him. Bryson then left the restaurant and a short time later, investigators say the man returned with a gun and shot Evans in the chest. Evans died at the scene.

"This is the Christmas season. This has forever marked the family of what Christmas is because it's just childish. It should have never happened," said Ford.

Many turned out to offer their condolences to Evans' mother, Laverne. Those who knew Evans say he will be greatly missed. The man is laid to rest at Graceland Cemetary.

Bryson has been charged with first degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.


  • Tania

    A young man thought his only option was to arm hisself with a gun. As a society we have to do better.. How senseless. I don’t know Reggie but I pray for his family as they are forever changed.

  • Michele

    I am truly saddened by this disregard for life by another human being. I wonder what the heck is wrong with people these days, and once again reminded why we are so hesitant to step in to help someone in a difficult situation. Reggie didn’t hesitate, and paid with his life. I would hope at least on judge will pay attention and do SOMETHING to keep these criminals locked up! Unfortunately, they repeat their crimes, and have killed another one of our cities bright young people. Many prayers to this young man’s family.

  • Dani Rivera

    So very sad this had to happen! I too wonder what people think about. Obviously nothing, not even their own life. May this young man RIP and may God help this family to deal with their grief. Another sad day in Milwaukee.

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