A local family shattered by a senseless tragedy received an outpouring of love and support on Friday.
Bradford High School sophomore Kaylie Juga was fatally shot and her 39-year-old mother, Stephanie Juga, was seriously injured in a shooting around 3 p.m. Thursday at a house in the 10900 block of 66th Street.
Kaylie, 16, died at the scene as Stephanie was being transported to St. Catherine’s Medical Center, 9555 76th St.
According to a source close to the family, Stephanie was informed at the hospital by her husband, Nick Juga, that their daughter died from her injuries.
Stephanie underwent surgery Thursday night for a bullet wound to her arm and was listed in serious, but stable, condition on Friday morning.
“She’s doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances,” said Angie Covelli, a longtime friend of the Juga family.
Kenosha Police identified Martice L. Fuller, 15, of Kenosha as “a person of interest” and the lone suspect in the shooting.
Fuller was taken into custody without incident by Kenosha Police detectives around 6:25 a.m. Friday at a Racine residence in the 2000 block of Blake Avenue.
In a relationship
Kaylie and Fuller were former Bradford classmates and, according to a news release, were involved in a past relationship.
Kaylie was a cheerleader and Fuller was a quarterback on the school’s varsity football team.
Fuller was removed from the team about two months ago when he was expelled from Bradford, according to Bradford football coach Troy Bowe.
Fuller was currently enrolled in the Kenosha Unified School District’s eSchool.
“I think everybody is in shock,” said Bowe, who taught Fuller in his ethnic studies class. “These things are never easy.
“Our job is to support the kids at Bradford, and that’s what we’ll continue to do. Our thoughts and prayers are with both families.”
Unified canceled classes and after-school activities at Bradford on Friday for safety precautions. Christian Life School, located a few blocks from the shooting scene, also canceled classes for the day.
“We worked closely with the Kenosha Police Department,” Unified spokeswoman Tanya Ruder said. “They were great at keeping us updated.
“They were letting us know if they felt they had any sort of leads that would allow us to confidently stay open. At the point and time we made the decision, that was not the case.”
Kaylie attended Grant Elementary School, Washington Middle School and was a Bradford honor roll student. She frequently helped out at her mom’s local business, Sealed w/a Kiss Photography.
‘A great family’
Stephanie and Nick are 1998 Bradford graduates and former high school sweethearts.
Nick served multiple tours overseas as a high-ranking member of the U.S. Army.
“This is a great family,” Covelli said. “I wish everyone knew them as well as I do.
“Kaylie was a straight-A student with so much to offer. If she didn’t get an ‘A’ in school, she was freaking out. She was going to go on and do amazing things in whatever she wanted.”
A GoFundMe page was created for the Juga family on Friday.
The family issued a statement through Stephanie’s business page on Facebook.
“The Juga family would like to acknowledge and extend their gratitude to the many messages they have received sending condolences and prayers during their time of loss.
“As an extension of your love and out of respect for us, please know that our family is asking for privacy as we grieve. Please continue to give us some time, space and privacy as we struggle to work through all that has occurred in the past 24 hours.
“We love you all for keeping us in your hearts, we just need time now.”