One of the last people to speak with Bernell Trammell, the President Donald Trump supporter who was shot dead last month, says hes not sure whether the killing was politically motivated.
The support of Trump might “make him a target, especially where he was that in the area,” writer Adebisi Agoro told The Epoch Times. “Thats the total opposite political view of everybody else in the neighborhood.”
Still, only an investigation will provide answers as to whether Trammell was shot because he held signs in public supporting the president, Agoro added.
Trammell, 60, was shot in broad daylight on July 23.
Images of the suspect show a man bundled in heavy clothing despite the hot weather, riding a bicycle to and from the scene.
Police officials said theyre investigating the homicide and havent yet discerned a motive.
The Wisconsin Republican Party called for U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger to look into the murder, pointing to Trammells open support of Trump.
“No American should fear for their personal safety because of where they live or their political affiliation,” Andrew Hitt, chairman of the party, said in a statement.
Gerard Randall, chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Partys African American Council, added: “I have no doubt that were Mr. Trammell advocating support for Planned Parenthood, Joe Biden, or the American Civil Liberties Union, there would be a thunderous clamor for justice from the political left.”
Kruegers office didnt return a voicemail.
Agoro said he was happy to see that people were calling for a federal investigation into Trammells death, noting the rising murder rate in Milwaukee and the number of unsolved crimes.
“Just to see anybody make a deal. To see anybody say they want to call for a federal investigation into the death of a black man in Milwaukee, I put my hands up to that,” he told The Epoch Times.
“Because theres so much violence going on, and so many mothers or so many parents and so many family members just have to deal with it. Its like waking up and going to the grocery store. I just hope something can happen.”
Both homicides and non-fatal shootings have soared in Milwaukee this year, with the former up 85 percent and the latter up 64 percent as of July 28, according to the Department of Justice.
Trammells killing came just days before the Trump administration expanded Operation Legend, a program aimed at helping to combat violent crime, to Milwaukee, Detroit, and Cleveland.
More than 25 federal investigators from agencies including the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service were designated to Milwaukee. They help state and local investigators combat violent crime, including crimes involving firearms and drug trafficking groups.
Ten of the agents will immediately provide assistance while the others will be assigned over the coming year to provide permanent assistance.
“This is a long-term commitment, a sustained effort, to make Milwaukee a safer place to live,” Krueger, the U.S. attorney, told reporters at a press conference this week.
Trammell would hold signs in support of various causes, such as Christianity, combating gun violence, and the pro-life movement. At times, hed signal his support for elected officials or candidates, including Lena Taylor, a Democrat state senator who ran for mayor.
Agoro saw Trammell out with signs supporting Trump. The writer later went online and saw a picture of Trammell holding one Trump sign that said “Vote Trump 2020 for the Black Community.” The picture was circulated widely, drawing a large number of negative comments. Trammell didnt use the Internet.
“People were talking about the man. So personally, me, being that I seen him in the community before doings things that people in the community supported, I felt that him not being an Internet person, just needed to have a fair share, a fair side to tell his story because he was being dragged online,” Agoro said.