'I just killed my whole family:' Milwaukee man charged in death of 5 near 12th and Hadley
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee man has been charged in the murder of five family members near 12th and Hadley on Monday, April 27.
Records show Christopher Stokes, 43, is charged with five counts first degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Detectives reviewed two 911 calls, according to a criminal complaint. In the first, the caller identified himself as Stokes and told the dispatcher "I just massacred my whole family." In the second call, he again identified himself and stated "I just killed my whole family."
The complaint says police arrived to the scene and found Stokes sitting on the front steps. When asked if he had heard any shots, Stokes told officers, "Yeah, I didn't hear them, I did them."
Five victims -- ages 14, 16, 17, 19, and 41 -- were found pulseless inside the home with apparent gunshot wounds, and a total of 12 spent shotgun shells were recovered throughout the house.
Autopsies ruled the deaths homicides.
Court records show Stokes was previously convicted of substantial battery in May of 2007.
“When I first heard it I didn’t know what to think. I was devastated," family friend Katherine Sumerall said. “He didn’t seem like the person who would do that.”
Sumerall’s daughter, Carrione, 17, was friends with one of the victims.
“I can’t believe it. I can’t believe she’s gone," Culp said. “Sometimes she used to help me out. Cause I’m a quiet person in school. One time she said something, telling me not let nobody bully me and stuff.”
A motive was not given in this case.
One child did survive.
A GoFundMe campaign was created for the family, to donate click here.