Community Advocate Quanita ‘Tay’ Jackson Fatally Shot In Milwaukee

Woman Organized Basketball Tournament For City Youth Through Program The Parks MKE

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Acquaintances of a woman fatally shot near a Milwaukee park describe the victim as a strong community advocate.

Police say 20-year-old Quanita “Tay” Jackson was killed Sunday about 8:30 p.m. near Moody Park. Investigators are looking for a suspect.

Vaun Mayes told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel she worked with Jackson to put together a basketball tournament for central city youth through Program the Parks MKE just a day before. Dozens of community members, including Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, participated in the event.

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Jackson was killed across the street from the park where the tournament was held. Condolences poured out on social media in the wake of Jackson’s death. Mayes said on Facebook that she had the “greatest energy and spirit of love for everybody.”