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Police investigating death of 'estranged couple' as murder/suicide

RACINE — Police said they are investigating the death of two people found dead in a home early Friday in the 2600 block of 19th Street as a potential murder/suicide.

At 6:50 a.m. Friday, city police responded to the scene after a child called police indicating that shots were being fired inside the home, Sgt. Adam Malacara said during a press conference outside of Racine Police headquarters Friday afternoon.

When police arrived, they discovered the bodies of two individuals — a 30-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man. The two were an estranged couple, Malacara said. Police confirmed that after a preliminary investigation, the incident is being investigated as a possible murder/suicide.

Two of the couple’s children were also found in the home. Malacara said the children are safe and uninjured.

“We are all very happy that the kids are safe,” Malacara said. “We worry about them.”

The Police Department has classified the shooting as a homicide, but officers said they are not actively searching for a suspect. In the home, two guns were recovered, with the possibility of a third, Malacara said. Police confirmed that they had responded to calls at the house in the past.

Police said that out of respect for the families involved, they would not be releasing the names of the victims on Friday. The Wisconsin State Patrol is also assisting in the investigation.

Malacara said this incident is not connected to the arrest of 15-year-old Martice Fuller, who was taken into custody Friday morning in Racine in connection to the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Kaylie Juga in Kenosha on Thursday. Fuller was found in the 2000 block of Blake Avenue.

Unlucky coincidences

David Huppenbauer, a maintenance technician working for a property developer, said this is the second day that he has gone to work near an active police scene.

On Thursday, Huppenbauer was assigned to complete flooring work on 37th Avenue in Kenosha, not far from where the fatal shooting of Juga took place.

On Friday, he was responding to an apartment building at the corner of 19th Street and Flett due to hot-water issues in a building. The building is adjacent to the scene of Friday’s homicide.

“The scene in Kenosha looked exactly like this,” Huppenbauer said.

Mugshots: Racine County criminal complaints, May 8

Bucks VP Kareeda Chones-Aguam passes on lessons learned from her dad

MILWAUKEE — It’s about a 6-hour drive from the Cleveland area to Racine, and it’s a trip Kareeda Chones-Aguam knows well.

“It seemed like every summer or every other summer we would be making the trek from Cleveland to Racine to visit my dad’s side of the family,” Chones-Aguam said. “Always coming back home stocked with brats and kringle.”

In the 1980s there was no other way to get kringle in Cleveland besides baking it yourself.

Chones-Aguam is the oldest of five children of legendary St. Catherine’s High School basketball player Jim Chones.

After a stellar high school career at St. Catherine’s, Chones played at Marquette University under renowned head coach Al McGuire. He left college to sign with the then-New York Nets of the American Basketball Association, embarking on a 10-year career in pro basketball, including eight years in the NBA; he was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship team in the 1979-80 season.

Chones-Aguam said her dad used basketball as a vehicle to get his family to a better place.

“I think that was really his focus, just playing as hard as he could to make a better way for his whole family,” Chones-Aguam said. “His whole motivation for playing sports was to create and develop a better life for his family.”

While Jim Chones was helping the Lakers win a title with then-rookie Earvin “Magic” Johnson, to Chones-Aguam he was dad who, along with her mom, instilled the “three D’s”: Desire, determination and dedication.

Those life lessons were something that Chones-Aguam would carry with her to her own college basketball career at Marquette and lead her to becoming vice president of business strategy and activation for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Jim Chones the father

Growing up in Pepper Pike, Ohio, just outside Cleveland, Chones-Aguam was interested in music and spent nine years as a cellist. She also played volleyball and basketball.

Chones-Aguam said she remembers her dad coaching her and her brothers and sisters during the off season.

“The summers were definitely pretty taxing,” Chones-Aguam said. “Dad was in charge of the drills.”

They would go the gym to lift weights and if dad didn’t think the form was right, they had to do it over.

“That used to drive us insane,” Chones-Aguam said. “We always thought dad’s counting was off. But he was a very good teacher … he knew what it took to get to the next level.”

During her junior year, Chones-Aguam committed to playing basketball but wasn’t highly recruited coming out of high school.

Marquette was one of the few Division I schools that recruited her and during her first visit to the university, she fell in love with the campus and with Milwaukee.

“I loved the atmosphere, loved the city,” Chones-Aguam said. “It was nice to have family nearby, close enough for my parents to get there when they needed to. I just felt like it was a good fit for me and it turned out to be.”

Chones-Aguam played for the Golden Eagles all four years.

During the 1997 NCAA women’s tournament, Marquette, a 12th seed, upset fifth seed Clemson University 70-66. Chones-Aguam said it remains as one of her favorite memories of playing for the Golden Eagles.

“No one thought we were going to win the game,” Chones-Aguam said.

Also during her sophomore year at Marquette, Chones-Aguam applied for a job with the Bucks to work in ticket sales but had to eventually turn it down after realizing it wouldn’t work with her basketball schedule.

After she graduated in 1998, she stayed at Marquette for a year to work in the women’s sports marketing, specifically working on-air for Marquette women’s basketball for TV and radio.

Chones-Aguam also was a radio DJ for what was then known as Light 97 FM and she finally got that ticket sales job with the Bucks.

“I had to cobble four or five jobs to make sure I can make my rent,” Chones-Aguam said.

Working for the Bucks

Work in ticket sales was her entry into the Bucks organization.

“I wasn’t the best sales person by any means but I enjoyed the atmosphere and enjoyed the organization,” Chones-Aguam said.

A year later, when more of the Bucks business operations were handled in house, Chones-Aguam moved up into being an account coordinator working with sponsors and partners.

Now in her 20th year with the Bucks, Chones-Aguam has a team of eight people focused on developing customized partnerships for clients to utilize Bucks and “Deer District” assets.

“We literally become the day-to-day people to activate, renew, sell, engage and develop those relationships,” Chones-Aguam said. “When we sell MillerCoors or Fiserv or whomever, when those deals are done my team literally works to bring those partnerships to life and it’s a really fun job.”

In total the Bucks have about 70 partners that Chones-Aguam and her team interact with on a regular basis.

“We’re one of the top teams in the NBA with retaining and renewing our partners,” Chones-Aguam said.

During Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, Chones-Aguam was walking around the inside of Fiserv Forum, checking in on corporate partners around the arena and in the suites.

The “Deer District” has brought new life to Milwaukee’s Downtown area and new responsibilities to Chones-Aguam’s job.

Aside from Fiserv Forum, the Deer District includes a plaza which houses Good City Brewing, Punch Bowl Social, Drink Wisconsibly and the Mecca Bar and Grill.

“We say it’s like you park once and you’re here for the whole day,” Chones-Aguam said. “It’s definitely more of a destination and be a one stop shop. Park once and have the opportunity to really engage and enjoy the district.”

Being an example

The NBA has prided itself as being one of the most progressive professional sports leagues in the world and works to encourage more participation for women and minorities in all areas of the business.

Chones-Aguam said she hopes to be an example to “not only women in our organization but our industry at large and in our city and the Racine area of what it takes to get to this level and work hard.”

“As a female, even as an African American female in this industry, I push myself to work that much harder because I do know there are women who will come up after me that I want to set an example for,” Chones-Aguam said. “It’s important for us to come to work every day, work hard, engage in our partners, continue to grow the brand but also continue to grow your own brand and know that there’s people behind you that are watching you.”

For women who may want to pursue a career in professional sports, Chones-Aguam has three pieces of advice:

  • Learn your craft: “Make sure you know as much about the industry before getting into it.”
  • Network: “Reach out to other women like myself just to pick their brain. Not always going to look for a job but know those folks, know what their challenges are and the business.”
  • “I think a lot of girls are a lot of times intimidated by those of us in that role and I always welcome folks to give me a call and set up a coffee (meeting) just to talk and tell you about my past,” Chones-Aguam said.
  • Have Confidence:

“Before I went to Marquette I was pretty quiet … I just didn’t have the confidence that I needed,” Chones-Aguam said. “And (confidence) comes with age and it comes with the support of your family and as I continued to grow it totally changed.”

The lessons she learned from her dad of desire, determination and dedication, is something Chones-Aguam wants to instill in her own daughter.

“She sees Mommy going to work every day, working late nights, traveling when I have to travel, but she understands this is what it takes,” Chones-Aguam said. “And I think for a lot of our young girls and young women, confidence is a huge factor and I think when you have an organization like the Bucks that definitely support women, that definitely support minorities, it makes it that much easier to accomplish the goals that you want to accomplish in your life.”

“I hope I can be an example to not only women in our organization but our industry at large and in our city and the Racine area of what it takes to get to this level and work hard.” Kareeda Chones-Aguam, Milwaukee Bucks vice president of business strategy and activation and daughter of Jim Chones

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Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 10, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Kenosha slaying
Bradford teen killed in Kenosha remembered

KENOSHA — A local family shattered by a senseless tragedy received an outpouring of love and support on Friday.

Bradford High School sophomore Kaylie Juga was fatally shot and her 39-year-old mother, Stephanie Juga, was seriously injured in a shooting at about 3 p.m. Thursday at a house in the 10900 block of 66th Street on Kenosha’s west side.

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Kaylie Juga, left, and her mother, Stephanie Juga, smile in a family photo. Kaylie, 16, was killed, and Stephanie, 39, was shot Thursday afternoon. A suspect, 15-year-old Martice Fuller, Kaylie's former boyfriend, was charged Monday in Kenosha County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree homicide and armed burglary.

Kaylie, 16, died at the scene as Stephanie was being transported to Froedtert South’s St. Catherine’s Medical Center campus in Pleasant Prairie.

According to a source close to the family, Stephanie was informed at the hospital by her husband, Nick Juga, that their daughter died from her injuries.

Stephanie underwent surgery Thursday night for a bullet wound on her arm and was listed in serious but stable condition Friday morning.

“She’s doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances,” said Angie Covelli, a longtime friend of the Juga family.

Kenosha Police identified Martice L. Fuller, 15, of Kenosha as “a person of interest” and the lone suspect in the shooting. He was apprehended early Friday in Racine after a 15-hour manhunt.

During the investigation, Kenosha Police detectives determined that the person of interest was at a Kenosha residence in the 6400 block of 22nd Avenue.

The Tactical Response Team served a warrant on the residence at about 4 a.m. Fuller was not located at that time and no physical evidence was recovered there.

Shortly thereafter, the Kenosha Police Department received a call from a person in Racine, who indicated that Fuller was there and wanted to surrender.

He was taken into custody without incident by Kenosha police detectives, working alongside Racine police officers, at about 6:25 a.m. Friday at a Racine residence in the 2000 block of Blake Avenue.

Fuller was transported to Kenosha for questioning. The occupants of the Racine home remained cooperative and a search was conducted at the residence. Physical evidence was recovered but no firearm was found.

In a relationship

Kaylie and Fuller were former Bradford classmates and, according to a police news release, had previously been in a relationship.

Kaylie was a cheerleader and honor-roll student who frequently helped out at her mom’s Kenosha-based business, Sealed w/a Kiss Photography.

Fuller was a quarterback on the school’s varsity football team before being expelled from Bradford two months ago, according to Bradford football coach Troy Bowe. Fuller was then enrolled in the Kenosha Unified School District’s eSchool.

“I think everybody is in shock,” said Bowe, who taught Fuller in his ethnic studies class. “These things are never easy.

“Our job is to support the kids at Bradford, and that’s what we’ll continue to do. Our thoughts and prayers are with both families,” Bowe said.

Kenosha Unified canceled classes and after-school activities at Bradford on Friday as a safety precaution. Christian Life School, located a few blocks from the shooting scene at 10700 75th Ave., also canceled classes for the day.

“We worked closely with the Kenosha Police Department,” KUSD spokeswoman Tanya Ruder said. “They were great at keeping us updated.”

‘A great family’

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The Juga family poses for a family photo. Kaylie, second from left, was killed and her mother, Stephanie, left, was shot Thursday afternoon in Kenosha.

Stephanie and Nick Juga are 1998 Bradford graduates and high school sweethearts.

Nick served multiple tours of duty overseas in the Army.

“This is a great family,” Covelli said. “I wish everyone knew them as well as I do.

“Kaylie was a straight-A student with so much to offer. If she didn’t get an ‘A’ in school, she was freaking out. She was going to go on and do amazing things in whatever she wanted.”

A GoFundMe page was created for the Juga family on Friday.

The family issued a statement through Stephanie’s business page on Facebook.

“The Juga family would like to acknowledge and extend their gratitude to the many messages they have received sending condolences and prayers during their time of loss.

“As an extension of your love and out of respect for us, please know that our family is asking for privacy as we grieve. Please continue to give us some time, space and privacy as we struggle to work through all that has occurred in the past 24 hours.

“We love you all for keeping us in your hearts, we just need time now.”

Next steps

Detectives anticipate referring charges on Fuller to the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office for armed burglary, first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide as soon as Monday. Fuller will remain in custody until that time.