May God bless the family of Lodewikus "Vic" Milford in their time of tragic grief. I can’t even imagine their pain even though living where I live, pain and loss is something that I have observed often.
Yet, something isn’t right about this story.
Here’s the rub. All men and women may have been created equal, but they are certainly not treated equally, even in death.
Forgive me for thinking “out loud.” It’s just that the tone of this story is discombobulating. It doesn’t read like other Metro Milwaukee crime stories. Why? My guess is because Mr. Lodewikus Milford was not your average Milwaukeean, now was he. He was a wealthy foreign executive, and his killers were Hispanic.
Not your everyday Milwaukee murder story.
I am not playing the race card, but when I first read the story on TMJ’s website and in the Journal Sentinel, it was obvious that this wasn’t a black thing (primarily because I read it in the Journal and it led on the TMJ website -- both news sources that have stopped making murder in black Milwaukee a prominent story).
Why are some lives worth front page stories, while others don’t even warrant a mention?
South-side residents reacted last night. They are outraged! They should be. The mayor is angry. Miller Brewing is all over this story. Mr. Milford belonged to a powerful community.
And that’s a good thing.
Here’s my prediction:
The two killers will be caught, Walker’s Point will be cleaned up, and the family members of Milwaukee’s central city murder victims, if they are lucky, might find the names of their loved ones in News and Briefs.