undated photo provided by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's
Office shows Dan Popp, 39. Popp was charged Thursday with
three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the
deaths of 40-year-old Jesus Manso-Perez, 36-year-old Phia
Vue and 32-year-old Mai Vue, who were fatally shot Sunday in
Milwaukee. Popp is also charged with attempted first-degree
intentional homicide after authorities say he shot at Manso-Perez's
MILWAUKEE - A
cluster of flowers adorned the small, concrete doorstep of an
apartment building in a blue-collar neighborhood Friday as relatives
remembered three people shot and killed there as hardworking and
True Vue said her
brother, Phia Vue, and his wife, Mai Vue, were a "very loving
meanwhile, said her brother, Jesus Manso-Perez, put his family first
and moved to Milwaukee six years ago from Puerto Rico to give his
two children "a better future." All he ever did, she said,
"was work and go home."
The Vues and Manso-Perez
were shot Sunday in front of their children in the four-unit
apartment building on Milwaukee's southwest side, according to
A neighbor, Dan J.
Popp, 39, has been charged with three counts of first-degree
intentional homicide in the deaths. He also faces a charge of
attempted first-degree intentional homicide because authorities said
he shot at Manso-Perez's 18-year-old son, Jesus Manso-Carrasquillo.
spokesman Tim Gauerke said officers were investigating and working
to determine a motive.
Popp, according to
the criminal complaint, attacked Manso-Perez and his son as they
were coming upstairs after putting a load of clothes into the
washing machine. Before they went to the basement, the document
states, Popp had asked where they were from, to which they replied
"Puerto Rico." Popp, who is white, then said, "Oh,
that's why you don't speak English," the complaint says.
When they came back
up, Popp was waiting with a long gun, police say. He told the father
and son, "You guys got to go," and shot Manso-Perez,
according to the complaint.
ran down the stairs and outside, where he alerted people who called
911, police say.
according to the criminal complaint, Popp burst into the Vues'
apartment. The family had fled into bedrooms when they heard the
shooting, but Popp forced his way inside, led Phia Vue out and
killed him, police say.
Popp then started
to drag Mai Vue and her two young daughters out of the apartment,
the document states. Authorities found Mai Vue dead in Popp's
to an active shooter call, took Popp into custody without a
Popp will undergo a
competency exam, which his lawyer, Christopher Hartley, requested.
Hartley did not return phone and email messages seeking comment
District Attorney John Chisholm said his office was "aware of
concerns about the people who were targeted." He added,
"we'll continue to evaluate those issues as the case moves
The Vues were
members of Milwaukee's Hmong community. The Hmong American
Friendship Association was helping family members organize a vigil
scheduled for Sunday evening and spread the word about a memorial
fund to help with funeral costs.
"This has been
really hard for all of us," True Vue said.
She said her
89-year-old father, Seng Vue, couldn't believe his son died.
"All he did was cry. He couldn't believe it happened."
True Vue said her
brother was a "Mr. Mom" who took care of the family's four
children. She said her sister-in-law had just gotten a business
degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and that
"they had a bright future, not knowing in the blink of an eye,
it would be gone."