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New angle: Surveillance video shows SUV plunge into KK River during pursuit

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MILWAUKEE -- FOX6 News on Tuesday, Feb. 5 obtained surveillance video showing a pursuit that ended when a Chevy Trailblazer went into the KK River on New Year's Eve -- Monday, Dec. 31. Four people were killed, including an unborn child. The victims were positively identified by police as Shannon Nehmer, 19, Charles Barefield, 29 and Annamelia Hernandez, 2. Nehmer was "several weeks" pregnant when she died.

Charles Barefield, Shannon Nehmer, Annamelia Hernandez

The new surveillance video showed a new angle, including just how fast the vehicle was going the moment the driver lost control and the SUV tumbled into the water.

"It hurts. It breaks my heart," said Nadialisse Rodriguez, friend of the victims.

Pursuit of Chevy Trailblazer that ended in KK River

Police response after SUV went into KK River during pursuit on New Year's Eve

Moments after the SUV went into the KK River, police -- who were in pursuit due to the suspects' connection to two violent armed robberies -- pulled up, and officers began trying to save them.

Nehmer was pulled out of the car by divers with the Milwaukee Fire Department, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

"This is one of the worst calls we have been on," said Lt. Kevin Monoghan, Milwaukee Fire Department.

The bodies of Barefield and Hernandez weren't recovered by divers until hours later.

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"As soon as I stirred up the bottom, it just becomes a swirl of blackness," said John Cooley, rescue diver.

Since the vehicle was pulled from the water, relatives and friends have spoken out about those who lost their lives that night.

"My brother was a good person. He had a good heart. He treated other people like he was their people. He'd take care of them," said Cortellez Barefield, brother of Charles Barefield.


A vigil was held days after the crash.

"She was happy. We got to talking about baby shower ideas and the gender reveal ideas, everything," said Rodriguez of Nehmer and her unborn baby.


Andre Dyson

A fourth suspect was charged in connection with the armed robberies prosecutors said preceded the deadly pursuit. Andre Dyson, 20, of Milwaukee faces one count of armed robbery, as party to a crime, one count of attempted armed robbery, as party to a crime and one count of first degree recklessly endangering safety, as party to a crime. Police said he was arrested on Jan. 1. He's undergoing a competency evaluation before his next court date on Feb. 11.

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