MILWAUKEE -- We are just beginning to learn about the lives that were lost in the Miller Brewery shooting on Wednesday, Feb. 26 -- who are they, what they meant to their families.
On Thursday, Milwaukee police identified the five victims in this shooting incident as:
- Jesus Valle Jr., 33, Milwaukee
- Gennady Levshetz, 61, Mequon
- Trevor Wetselaar, 33, Milwaukee
- Dana Walk, 57, Delafield
- Dale Hudson, 60, Waukesha
"They were powerhouse operators, they were machinists, and they were electricians. But more importantly, they were husbands, they were fathers, and they were friends. They were part of the fabric of the company, our community -- and we will miss them terribly," said Gavin Hattersley, CEO of Molson Coors.
Jesus Valle Jr.
A woman who answered an Associated Press phone call to a possible listing for Valle said she was his sister. She declined to give her name but said he leaves behind a wife and two small children.
Levshetz’s obituary identified him as married with two children and two grandchildren. It said he would be remembered as a “kind, caring, and giving person who always put his family's needs before his own.”
Wetselaar's LinkedIn page says he graduated from UW-Madison and he worked as an engine room operator with Miller Coors since 2018. Before that, he served as a nuclear reactor operator in the U.S. Navy.
Badgers around the world are mourning the loss of UW-Madison alum Trevor Wetselaar, The Wisconsin Alumni Association said in a release. "We send our thoughts and prayers to Trevor’s family and friends, as well as to the loved ones of the other victims killed at Molson Coors in Milwaukee."
Walk was an avid fisherman and Green Bay Packers fan who loved spending time with his family at a nearby lake, according to a death notice. A Facebook page that belonged to Walk contains numerous pictures of fishing — including ice fishing — as well as photos of sailing and riding an all-terrain vehicle.
Walk is survived by his wife of 35 years, as well as a son and two daughters.
“He was always listening to his music while working on his hobbies, home projects and anything he could do to help others,” his death notice said. A funeral Mass will be held Friday in Pewaukee.
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Hudson's Facebook page states that he was married and attended Elkhorn Area High School.
The Molson Coors complex features a 160-year-old brewery, a packaging center that fills thousands of cans and bottles every minute and a distribution center the size of five football fields. A massive red Miller sign that towers over it is a well-known symbol in a city where beer and brewing are intertwined with local history.