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Victims killed in double shooting in Milwaukee identified as rappers Jigg and Celly Cell

The investigation was focused on a vehicle in an alley with an Iowa license plate.



The individuals shot and killed on Monday in Milwaukee’s north side have been identified by their families as well-known local rappers – Joevon “Jigg” Wilder and Marcell “Celly Cell” Hendrix.

The incident was reported on the 2900 block of North 20th Street at 12:35 a.m., according to police. As of now, no arrests have been announced.

Wilder, in particular, had garnered regional acclaim and is acknowledged for bringing increased recognition to Milwaukee’s rap scene.

With over 32,000 followers on Instagram, he achieved significant social media presence. His most popular song, “No Hook,” released in 2017, accumulated 2.3 million views on YouTube. Hendrix, aged 24, had nearly 5,000 Instagram followers.

Identified to the Journal Sentinel by his mother, Robin Parker of Sheboygan, Hendrix was described as a loving son and father with a passion for music. As of Monday night, she expressed being still in shock over the shooting.

Wilder, at 26, was not only a father but had intentions of relocating from Milwaukee to fully dedicate himself to a music career, as outlined by his grandmother, Peggy Wright.

She described him as an affectionate and compassionate individual. “He was a good father,” she expressed. “He had a good personality. He was a character. He was laid back and chill and would just write songs.”

Authorities have not disclosed any further details regarding the shooting that resulted in the deaths of Wilder and Hendrix.

Following three consecutive years of record-breaking homicides in Milwaukee, there has been a decrease of more than 20% in 2023.

However, the current figures remain higher compared to the pre-pandemic era. This aligns with national patterns, reflecting a drop of up to 13% in homicides in major cities this year, though they still surpass pre-pandemic levels.

Illustrative of the persistently heightened homicide rate, Milwaukee police have reported nine homicides over an 11-day period commencing on December 8.