The reprehensible murder of Trammell prompted Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt to ask US Attorney Matthew Krueger to open an investigating into whether the “senseless” killing was politically motivated:
“Because of Trammell’s well-known political activism and the possibility that his murder could be politically motivated, I respectfully request that United States Attorney Matthew Krueger open an investigation,”
“No American should fear for their personal safety because of where they live or their political affiliation,”
Bernell Trammell was a familiar figure in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood.
Trammell frequently was seen pedaling a bicycle or walking the streets with signs proclaiming his religious and/or political views.
“He had a lot of different views,” local writer Adebisi Agoro told local reporters. “But it was his last view that made people be outrageous with him.”
The pro-Trump signage was stirring up angry posts on neighborhood Facebook pages, Agoro said. On Monday, a man followed Trammell around town holding a sign reading “Sike” — local slang for “not!” or “as if” — to counter it.
Trammell “didn’t have internet, he didn’t have a phone, he didn’t have a dime to his name,” Agoro said. “But he got his message out.”
A new GOP outreach office – opened this year to try to make inroads into the African-American electorate – is just blocks from the building where Trammell lived and was killed.
Bernell Trammell was shot in the head execution style broad daylight yesterday in front of his store. He was a God fearing Trump supporting man. Was it because he was a Trump supporter? He didn't look for fights, he lived a good life. Sick and sad! @GovTonyEvers get it together! pic.twitter.com/Y75V7UODZM
— Stephanie Lee (@Stephan47781670) July 24, 2020