FOX6 News learns victim in fatal stabbing on lower east side was chef at well-known restaurant/hotel

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MILWAUKEE -- A 32-year-old man was murdered early Monday, August 29th on the city's lower east side. It happened in a popular neighborhood -- outside a bar. The victim has been identified as Shawn Ostrom.

Pulaski Street and Arlington Place

Pulaski Street and Arlington Place

Police say it appears an argument between two people that knew each other led to the stabbing near Pulaski Street and Arlington Place around 12:45 a.m.

"Cops everywhere. Lots of people standing around," Mac Leicht said.

"Pretty sad turn of events. Not something you normally see. I think everyone is pretty shocked. That kind of violent crime doesn't really happen in the neighborhood. It`s in the city. You see things here or there, but nothing serious like that happening. From what I know, the man is kind a regular in the neighborhood. He seemed like a pretty normal guy," Josie Lomonaco said.

Fatal stabbing on lower east side

Fatal stabbing on lower east side

Witnesses told FOX6 News Ostrom frequented the bars in the area, and had just left one when the fatal stabbing happened.

Ostrom served as a chef at the Pfister Hotel.

A hotel spokeswoman said in a statement:

"We have lost one of our respected colleagues and work family members.  Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

Fatal stabbing on lower east side

Fatal stabbing on lower east side

Leicht lives just feet from where it happened.

"It looked pretty brutal. My roommate`s car had blood on it. I don`t know if this was a hand print, but his car was part of the crime scene as well. Sad for the victim`s family," Leicht said.

Fatal stabbing on lower east side

Fatal stabbing on lower east side

"It's just crazy the world we live in. I guess people think bad things happen in bad areas, but it happens everywhere," Lomonaco said.

Two suspects, a 45-year-old Oak Creek man and a 20-year-old Greenfield man, were arrested in connection with the crime.

Fatal stabbing on lower east side

Fatal stabbing on lower east side

The investigation is ongoing.

Fatal stabbing on lower east side

Fatal stabbing on lower east side

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

9 comments

    • mr. parker

      It’s true. In states with a death penalty, defense attorneys consider it a victory for their clients to get life. With DNA, the ubiquitous cameras and other evidence, we can be sure about who committed the homicide. If there is reasonable doubt, then they shouldn’t be convicted.

  • Nick Lang

    Awesome comment, Jim. This dude was murdered about a mile from where I live. He was a good friend to several people I know. We’re grieving over here, and you immediately co-op this death to launch some cynical douche bomb about gun control?!?
    You are scum.

  • Billie

    My heart is so heavy – Shawn was such a nice guy. I haven’t seen him in several years but he was in our boy scout troop in Monroe, WI, and became an Eagle scout in 2002. His dream was to become and cook – and he did! Sending prayers for his Mom and family. I can’t imagine their anguish.

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