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“We are going to miss him:” 39-year-old father of two, grandfather gunned down outside his home

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A father of two, and a grandfather -- gunned down outside his home on Auer Street on Saturday night, September 27th. His loved ones tell FOX6 News they're in disbelief, as police begin their investigation into this homicide.

It happened around 10:45 p.m. near 1st and Auer. The 39-year-old Milwaukee man was pronounced dead at the scene following what police are calling a drive-by shooting.

"It`s just a sad situation," the man's cousin, Gwendolyn Smith said.

On Sunday, candles were placed in the spot where 39-year-old William Green took his last breaths.

"Death is hard anyway, but for it to come the way it did, it`s just terrible. Guys with guns popped up and just starting shooting," Smith said.

Smith says Green was playing cards outside his garage prior to the shooting. She says she raced to the scene after getting the call.

"If he was still alive we wanted him at least to see a family member's face as he was going on home to glory. They wouldn`t let us do that. I understand they were doing their job and protecting the crime scene," Smith said.

Rescue crews tried to save Green's life, but they were unsuccessful.

"He was a good person that got taken from us too soon," Smith said.

As police look into why this happened -- and search for the person(s) responsible, Green's loved ones are hoping for a quick arrest as they mourn Green's death.

"He was a good guy. He had two kids and just became a grandfather. He was about this family. He wasn't no pistol-slinging guy or nothing. No drug dealer -- none of that. We are going to miss him, and we love him," Smith said.

Police say the circumstances surrounding this incident are still unclear, and officers and detectives are still in the early stages of their investigation.

Monitor FOX6News and FOX6Now.com for more details on this developing story.

14 comments

    • latricia

      My thought is that I hate that this kind of violence keep going on in milwaukee where are the parents at when these kids out here taking away loves one.My prayers and thoughts goes out to Obe family, parents, kids and friends that knew him.I grew up with him in the neighborhood.I🙏 and wish they can find his killers.Stop the violence and put down these🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫……We losing to many love ones every day in milwaukee. …..

  • sue

    This is really sad our community is deteriorating. ….I want to send my condolences. ..to the young…mans…family …..and all the other young men and women lost…Their life …..may God truly bless and keep you..

  • Karon

    ?? 39 grandpa? So what. Some people get married right out of high school and have kids. That way they are not pushing a walker at their kid’s hs graduation and have the energy to chase about with their grandkids if they are fortunate enough to have some.

    • Karon

      This was a reply to someone who cut down being a 39 year old grandpa. I meant it doesn’t matter that he was 39. It matters that he is gone.

  • Faye

    for all you peoples who have bad things to say about Mr. Green who life was taken away last night please dont judge this man he did nothing wrong and karma has nothing to do with his death it was some kids having a house party and shot was fired and a bullet hit him so he was not the target and remember this could have easly been any one of us so before you judge remember this was a man and he also had a family and to say karma dont dig a ditch for ur self mr dave and soulobigdaddy

    • bderk.

      Praying for this family. Life is too short, Been there. Let people talk and say what they want, the family know the truth and that is what counts. Praying for the family, may god rest his soul!

  • A Yooper

    A sad case. I have written some bad things on here. This dude sounded like a nice man.SAD

    On another note,The $$$ being spent for politics that $$ could be spent to help some of these kids in the hood. Many of these kids have never been north of Brown Deer Rd. I feel for them. I do.

  • smith

    Man o man RIP Obe!!! Gone, too soon but you will never be forgotten he was a good dude too the ones making ignore post need, to stop and let this man RIP.. Thats what’s wrong with, the people in Milwaukee so negative …. leave, that man past in the past and focus, on, his kids and grandkid and family which need people support at, this time….Pray for, this world, God Bless

  • latricia

    So sad😭🙏 to hear one was a cool guy.Me and my sister went to Marshall High School with him.Obe was cool, funny, out going he kept me laughing at school specially in the lunch room him and his guys use to take me and my friend girls food….much love obe❤RIP💙

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