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**PRESS RELEASE** Milwaukee Police Investigate Triple Homicide Involving Mother and Two Children

**PRESS RELEASE** Milwaukee Police Investigate Triple Homicide Involving Mother and Two Children

Press Release


Release Date: Monday, February 17, 2020


Milwaukee Police investigate triple homicide involving mother and two children

On Sunday, February 16, 2020, at approximately 11:08 a.m., on the 4700 of West Burleigh Street, the Milwaukee Police Department located the deceased bodies of Ms. Amarah Banks and her 4 year old and 5 year old daughters, Camaria Banks and Zaniya Ivery.

On Sunday, February 9, 2020, Ms. Banks, a 26 year old Milwaukee resident, was reported missing to the Milwaukee Police Department by her family. Upon further investigation, Milwaukee Police determined that in addition to Ms. Banks, her daughters were also missing. Over the course of several days, the Milwaukee Police Department worked relentlessly with Ms. Banks’ family in an attempt to determine their whereabouts.

On Saturday, February 15, 2020, at approximately 2:30 a.m., the Milwaukee Police Department was notified by the Memphis Police Department that they had contact with Arzel Ivery, a 25 year old Milwaukee resident and current boyfriend of Ms. Banks. Arzel Ivery provided information to members of the Memphis Police Department, which caused members of the Milwaukee Police Department to believe that the lives of Ms. Banks and her children were in immediate danger. As a result of that information, an Amber Alert was issued.

Detectives assigned to the Milwaukee Police Department traveled to Memphis to interview Arzel Ivery who provided additional information that led Milwaukee Police to a garage located on 4700 block of West Burleigh Street where the deceased victims were located.

Arzel Ivery has been arrested in connection to this offense and charged with aggravated battery. He will be extradited to Milwaukee in the upcoming days and additional criminal charges will be presented to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

The Milwaukee Police Department is aware of a call for police that was reported on Saturday, February 8, 2020, which may be related to this incident. It is being reviewed as a part of this investigation.

This is a tragic reminder of the severity of domestic violence. Over the course of the last year, domestic violence has plagued our community. Nineteen percent of the homicides that occurred in Milwaukee in 2019 were domestic violence or intimate partner-related. Please contact the Sojourner Family Peace Center for information and resources regarding domestic violence.

Chief Alfonso Morales sends his condolences to the family and loved ones of the victims.

Contact: Sergeant Sheronda Grant sgrant@milwaukee.gov