MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee family has been forced to leave their apartment. Their building has been declared unlivable. The landlord was required to fix problems in the building -- but that landlord was murdered!
Some renters tell FOX6 News they thought they had absolutely no ties to a recent shooting, but now, their lives have been turned upside down.
For seven months, Christopher Randle, his fiancee and two young children have lived in an apartment building near 51st and Center in Milwaukee.
It was only recently that they realized there are problems in the building.
"Everyone came to check temperatures in here, and it was really cold," Christopher Randle said.
The heat does not work.
In the basement, We Energies officials discovered a leak.
"They're telling me I can't live in my house. It's too dangerous because of the gas," Randle said.
On Wednesday, November 25th, city officials arrived with paperwork, and news everyone in the apartment must go.
"We give you guys till about 3 o'clock to have everything you need to vacate," Jumaane Cheatham with Milwaukee's Department of Neighborhood Services said.
Normally, a building's owner is responsible for fixing critical issues.
But that's a problem when it comes to this particular building.
The landlord was recently murdered.
"Colin Alexander. This was his place," Randle said.
On November 13th, Alexander was shot and killed outside a bar on 46th Street.
The father of his girlfriend's son has been arrested for the crime.
51-year-old Johnnie Tucker faces multiple criminal charges, including first-degree intentional homicide, aggravated battery use of a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Residents at the building he owned say they were unaware until this week that no one would be coming to fix the problems.
"I don't know what they going to do with us tonight. I have no clue," Randle said.
These two parents anxiously worked their phones on the day before Thanksgiving -- and they scrambled to pack as a worker arrived with boards to board up the building.
Finally, a family member arrived -- offering this family a one-night stay.
This, as violence in Milwaukee has unexpectedly left a family stranded.
A GoFundMe account has been established for this family. CLICK HERE if you would like to donate.