2 teens charged with killing UW-Whitewater student leader

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2 teens charged with killing UW-Whitewater student leader

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two teenagers have been charged with fatally shooting a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student leader who authorities say met his assailants in Milwaukee to sell some designer eyeglasses.

Purcell Pearson, 22, was a recent Whitewater graduate and was president of Alpha Phil Alpha.

According to a criminal complaint, that as a young entrepreneur Pearson was selling the glasses through internet apps and arranged to meet some buyers Feb. 6 outside his apartment west of downtown Milwaukee, the Journal Sentinel reported.

Those alleged buyers, Tyrell Joseph and Ismael Moreno, both 17, were in a van when Pearson met them outside. The van began driving away with Pearson hanging out of the driver’s side window right before he was shot, according to prosecutors. The two drove away as Pearson fell to the ground.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Joseph and Moreno who remain at large. They are charged with first-degree reckless homicide and if convicted could face up to 60 years in prison.

Court records do not list an attorney for either defendant.

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