Shooting of teen tears at Milwaukee’s racial sores

Mayor promised investigation

They buried Darius Simmons between two tall maple trees, nine days after he was gunned down, allegedly by an angry neighbor who believed the 13-year-old had stolen his shotguns.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the tragedy has torn at the city’s racial sores: A black boy shot at close range, his alleged killer, a 75-year-old white man, now charged with first-degree intentional homicide. The boy and his family recently moved to the block; the man was a decades-long resident of a neighborhood that years ago changed from all-white to multiethnic.

Police are accused of treating the victim’s family with a heavy hand. They left their house in disarray after scouring it in vain for the shotguns.

Mayor Tom Barrett, who has vowed an investigation, attended Saturday’s funeral.