Family evicted, building deemed unlivable: Landlord cannot fix problems, he was murdered

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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.

Christopher Randle and family

Christopher Randle and family

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.

Apartment building near 51st and Center deemed unlivable

Apartment building near 51st and Center deemed unlivable

The heat does not work.

In the basement, We Energies officials discovered a leak.

Apartment building near 51st and Center deemed unlivable

Apartment building near 51st and Center deemed unlivable

"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 shot and killed outside bar on 46th Street

Colin Alexander shot and killed outside bar on 46th Street

"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.

Johnnie Tucker

Johnnie Tucker

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.

Apartment building near 51st and Center deemed unlivable

Apartment building near 51st and Center deemed unlivable

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.

Christopher Randle

Christopher Randle

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9 comments

    • Wilson

      Fancy, if that is such a great idea you should do it. People need to be more responsible. Where is their rainy day fund? Oh, guess they don’t have one but you can bet they have the latest smart phone…

  • Christine

    Do you read the news? The landlord was murdered!! People like you need to stay off the internet and take your anfer issues out in the woods.

  • Momof2

    You should take care of your own family. Everyone has issues and problems but not everybody is looking handouts. Bad things happen to good people but that doesn’t make everybody else obligated to cover the cost.

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