Bernell Trammell Wiki – Biography
Bernell Trammell as the man shot and killed Thursday, July 23 near Wright and Bremen. Flowers and artwork now cover the scene, which is right outside the business Trammell owned, Expressions Journal Publications. On Thursday and Friday, dozens of community members stopped by the memorial to remember him.
“This is just how I pay respect,” said a local artist who goes by the name Wisdom Prometheus Grey. “I’ve been asking people to please bring candles. Please whatever you can do.”
According to a post by conservative talk show host Dan O’Donnell, Trammell was “well known in his community for standing on street corners with ‘Vote Trump’ signs.”
His beliefs were controversial in addition to supporting Trump. A woman wrote on the God Degree article comment thread that she was “sad for his passing but know he is near the Lord. There is a lot to be learned in the dichotomy that was Bernel. I have been catching hell from people on Facebook for saying that he was my buddy and that I am sad he’s gone. Apparently he spoke out against our LGBTQ citizens and one or two others said that he spoke hateful things towards the earth’s Asian population. None of us who knew him saw him as a violent or hateful man. But he had radical ideas.
Trammell’s business is “covered in handmade signs,” including most prominently signs saying “Vote Donald Trump 2020,” and “Re-Elect Trump 2020.”
Bernell Trammell Age
Bernell Trammell was 60 years old.
Cause of Death
Milwaukee police say he was shot and killed around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. They’re still investigating what led up to the shooting and they are still looking for suspects.
Many community members knew Trammell for his political signs and Rastafari religious views. Community members said Trammell was an independent who supported candidates on both sides of the aisle, including President Donald Trump in the presidential race and Sen. Lena Taylor in the Milwaukee mayoral race.
John Self said he had many philosophical conversations with Trammell over the years inside his business.
“He believed in democracy. He believed in his right to free speech,” Self said. “I don’t think he ever once tried to convert you or change you. He would just tell you what he thought, he would listen to what you had to think, and then he would respect that.”
Milwaukee police said they are still investigating the motive for the shooting. Patricia Holland, who lives near the scene, was likely one of the last people to see Trammell alive.
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“He was a happy person. He always talked to everybody that came by basically, say hi, and speak to them,” Holland said.
Holland said she saw Trammell Thursday and had just gotten home when she heard gunshots, meaning she was likely one of the last people to see Trammell alive.
“I have seen the ambulance and stuff — the police flying by my house, and I just said, ‘Oh my god,'” Holland said. “What happened to him, I mean — it shouldn’t happen to anyone. It’s a senseless death.”
Community members agree that Trammell was part of what makes the Riverwest neighborhood the diverse community it is.
“This is a community that there’s a lot of diversity, a lot of different thoughts, a lot of different ideas, and I think that’s what he represented about the community: that you could express yourself and you could express your opinions, and that’s why he felt comfortable here I’m sure,” Self said.
Bernell Trammell was shot in the head execution style broad daylight yesterday in front of his store. He was a God fearing Trump supporting man. Was it because he was a Trump supporter? He didn't look for fights, he lived a good life. Sick and sad! @GovTonyEvers get it together! pic.twitter.com/Y75V7UODZM
— Stephanie Lee (@Stephan47781670) July 24, 2020
Trammell had a YouTube page called “eXpressions Journal Publications LLC.” He posted videos to his YouTube channel showing him standing on a street corner speaking about religion.
In one video, he said he was no longer a “beacon for interracial marriages or dating” and said he was no longer an “interracial dating Israelite.”
Milwaukee police are seeking for the “unknown suspects.” The motive is not clear, including whether the slaying was tied into Trammell’s political beliefs or Trump’s support.
Reggie Moore, Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention director, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he had “intervened in a dispute between Trammel and a young man” that he thought was “related to a Trump sign that Trammell was carrying.”Moore told the newspaper that Trammell was “a Black elder who didn’t deserve to die the way that he did.”
Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the Milwaukee Police Department at 414-935-7360 or Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS.