MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police on Thursday identified the five victims of the Molson Coors shooting as well as the gunman, who took his own life.
The victims, all of whom lived in Wisconsin, are:
- Jesus Valle Jr., 33 of Milwaukee
- Gennady Levshetz, 61, of Mequon
- Trevor Wetselaar, 33, of Milwaukee
- Dana Walk, 57, of Delafield
- Dale Hudson, 50, of Waukesha
They were power house operators, machinists and electricians, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said.
Police identified the shooter as Anthony N. Ferrill, 51, who had worked as an electrician for more than 20 years, about 17 of them at Molson Coors.
Hudson was known by coworkers as “Huddy,” a co-worker who asked not to be identified told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“He was a great electrician. He taught me so much,” the co-worker said, adding Hudson frequently picked up lunches and dinners for apprentices, who earned less.
“He was a hunter, a fisherman. He had a wife and a couple of kids. There was nothing Dale wouldn’t do for someone. You would ask him for help and he would always, always help.”
Walk and Hudson were friends, the co-worker said. A GoFundMe page was credited by a family friend to help with Walk’s funeral expenses.
Levshetz is survived by his wife, two daughters and two grandchildren, according to his obituary.
Wetselaar was an engine room operator at the brewery who grew up in the area and started at MillerCoors in 2018, according to his LinkedIn page.
The job at Miller was his “dream job” that allowed him to move home, friend Andrew Moriarity told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He is survived by his wife, Jane Moy, his parents and brother Tony Wetselaar.
Ferrill had been showing signs of bizarre behavior in recent months, telling at least one co-worker that he believed brewery workers were coming into his home, bugging his computer and moving chairs around, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
He opened fire at his workplace on Wednesday, killing the five victims before fatally turning the gun on himself.
The brewery, which was founded in 1855 as Miller Brewing Company, is a legendary part of Milwaukee’s beer brewing tradition.
The mass shooting, the largest in the United States in 2020 to date, has shaken residents and city leaders.
All 15 members of the Milwaukee Common Council released a statement Thursday calling for people to support each other, especially the families and friends of the victims.
“This is an unimaginable horror and we stand with them in their sorrow. We must not yield to despair or weariness, even as violence of this kind continues with disturbing frequency,” aldermen said. “It is in the face of events like these that we most need to find support in community — in a coming together with a common purpose to bring healing and peace. Together, we are, and will remain, Milwaukee Strong.”
Contributing: Annysa Johnson, Evan Frank and Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Jordan Culver, USA TODAY.
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