Kenosans are reacting with horror to a shooting in their community that left one man dead and another critically wounded.
The shooting happened in the Kenosaws subdivision in the village of Gildea on Tuesday afternoon, and the victim has been identified as 28-year-old Joseph “Jody” Stokes, according to Kenosa Police Department.
“Our hearts go out to his family,” Stokes’ cousin, Scott Gaskill, told reporters outside his Kenosabe home.
“We are a tight-knit community and we will all do whatever it takes to support and get through this.”
Police said the victim was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Stokes had a prior arrest in Keno for assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
He was taken into custody for investigation of second-degree murder.
A search warrant was executed in Stokes apartment and the weapon used was described as a semi-automatic shotgun.
The gun was found in the apartment, which is just outside the residence, police said.
“My father was a killer,” Stoke’s cousin, Adam “Rudy” Satterfield, told the Associated Press by phone from his Keno home.
Stokes is a former high school basketball coach and has a son at the school.
His father, Robert Stokes Sr., was a former coach at Kenosawa High School, where Stokes played and played for a team that won four state championships.
Satterfield said his cousin had been a high school football coach, but he had no idea of the alleged crime.
“He was a great person and I just don’t know why he would do this,” he said.
“I don’t think he’s thinking clearly, and I think he needs help.”
The victims family and community members are gathering at a candlelight vigil for Stokes at 2 p.m.
Tuesday at the home of his former high-school coach, Scott Stokes.
He said he will also be giving out fliers for those attending.
“This is just a terrible tragedy and it is a tragedy for the entire community,” he told the AP.
“My father had a great life.
He did everything right, from being a father to a husband to a coach.
He always treated everyone with respect.
This is just devastating for everybody.”
Stokes was in the midst of a three-year relationship with a woman named Samantha, who lived in the same home where the shooting occurred, police say.
Her family declined to comment to The Associated Press.
Stoke’s father told the Keno Journal newspaper his son had been estranged from his wife for months.
The Kenosabec Police Department is asking anyone with information on the shooting to contact them at 877-543-2360 or Silent Observer at 855-474-8277.