$28,000 reward offered for information leading to arrest in homicide of transgender Milwaukee woman

NOW: $28,000 reward offered for information leading to arrest in homicide of transgender Milwaukee woman

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A 28,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of the person responsible for shooting and killing Brazil Johnson.

According to police, the Black transgender woman was murdered June 15 near Teutonia and Garfield Avenue on Milwaukee's north side.

Supervisor Peter Burgelis announced the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Cream City Foundation, and Milwaukee Crime Stoppers contributed $1,000 each towards a Crime Stoppers reward for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of those responsible. As the President of Milwaukee Crime Stoppers, Attorney Michael Hupy pledged $25,000 to help the effort as well. 

“As a Black transgender woman, Brazil Johnson represents a segment of our community that faces an epidemic of violence. Ensuring everyone, regardless of their race or gender identity, feels safe living in Milwaukee County is of the upmost importance,” said Supervisor Peter Burgelis. “The reward money provides an added incentive for anyone who has information about this horrific crime to come forward and help bring about justice for Brazil’s loved ones.”

“I am humbled by the generosity of Attorney Michael Hupy, as well as the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center and Cream City Foundation. Thank you for funding equity in police outcomes, and thanks to Crime Stoppers for helping make that vision a reality,” he added.“We are definitely in support [of the efforts to find Brazil Johnson’s killer],” said executive director of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center Kevin Turner.

“We stand with the family as well. We're here to support our transgender community [which] is being attacked on record levels and we want to make sure that their voices are being heard.”

Contact Crime Stoppers here or by calling 414-224-8477. 

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