Great Lakes Naval Station sailor shot and killed while protecting woman in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (WDJT) — On Mother’s Day, disaster strikes. A 19-year-old Navy sailor was killed in West Allis on Sunday morning, May 8. Phoenix Castanon is usually the first sibling to tell his mother “Happy Mother’s Day”. This year he didn’t get a chance to call her.

He was shot dead near 84th and Rogers around 2:40 am

“He had a heart of gold, he was a protector,” said Tiata Nez-Dunklin. She is Castanon’s mother.

Protecting was what he did the night he was killed.

West Allis Police say Castanon was hanging out with some friends. One of the women was harassed by a man in a car while walking down 84th Street. She was frightened and ran to the car Castanon was in at the time. He got out and walked over to the man. The two exchanged words. The man pulled out a gun and shot Castanon.

“I’m proud of him, that’s how we raised him, defending the weak. He’s my hero.”

Castanon is originally from Arizona. He was stationed in Great Lakes, Illinois. Castanon was at the end of his Gunner’s Mate training. That goal was snatched away.

“I’m mad at the world for being the way it is,” Nez-Dunklin said.

West Allis Police say the gunman is still there. Anyone with useful information should call the police at 414-302-8019

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