Milwaukee Shooting Victims Mourned by Hundreds at Vigil

Hundreds of people have gathered in Milwaukee to remember the three people who authorities say were shot to death by a neighbor at their apartment complex.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports family members, friends and supporters of Jesus Manso-Perez, Phia Vue and Mai Vue attended a candlelight vigil Sunday night in their honor.

The Vues and Manso-Perez were shot last week in front of their children in the four-unit apartment building on Milwaukee's southwest side, according to police.

A neighbor, Dan J. Popp, 39, has been charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths. He also faces a charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide because authorities said he shot at Manso-Perez's 18-year-old son, Jesus Manso-Carrasquillo.

Popp, according to a criminal complaint, attacked Manso-Perez and his son as they were coming upstairs after putting a load of clothes into the washing machine. Before they went to the basement, the document states, Popp had asked where they were from, to which they replied "Puerto Rico." Popp, who is white, then said, "Oh, that's why you don't speak English," the complaint says.

When they came back up, Popp was waiting with a long gun, police say. He told the father and son, "You guys got to go," and shot Manso-Perez, according to the complaint.

Manso-Carrasquillo ran down the stairs and outside, where he alerted people who called 911, police say.

Shortly afterward, according to the criminal complaint, Popp burst into the Vues' apartment. The family had fled into bedrooms when they heard the shooting, but Popp forced his way inside, led Phia Vue out and killed him, police say.

Popp then started to drag Mai Vue and her two young daughters out of the apartment, the document states. Authorities found Mai Vue dead in Popp's apartment.

Police, responding to an active shooter call, took Popp into custody without a struggle.

Popp will undergo a competency exam, which his lawyer, Christopher Hartley, requested. Hartley did not return phone and email messages seeking comment Friday.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said his office was "aware of concerns about the people who were targeted." He added, "we'll continue to evaluate those issues as the case moves forward."

The Vues were members of Milwaukee's Hmong community. The Hmong American Friendship Association was helping family members organize a vigil scheduled for Sunday evening and spread the word about a memorial fund to help with funeral costs.

"This has been really hard for all of us," True Vue said.

She said her 89-year-old father, Seng Vue, couldn't believe his son died. "All he did was cry. He couldn't believe it happened."

Police have said they are working to determine a motive.

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