Seargant Tracy Smith worked for two decades at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility. Smith was also the mother of a 17-year-old boy. Her life was stolen by an angry 35-year-old felon who shot her in front of her teenage son in a road rage incident while Smith was attempting to help teach her teenage son to drive.

According to police, 35-year-old felon, Matthew Wilks, shot and killed Seargant Tracey Smith in front of her 17-year-old son at 51st Street and Capitol Drive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

WISN – Police said Smith, a sergeant with the State Department of Corrections, was teaching her son to drive when Wilks hit them.

“I don’t know what to say, but I know one thing, the way my daughter lost her life. it wasn’t right. It ain’t right,” said Ollie Luckett, the victim’s father.

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According to the criminal complaint, Smith and her son were waiting to make a left turn at the intersection when Wilks cut into their lane, hitting their car.

Her son said when Smith talked to the driver, he threatened to kill her and then shot her in the chest.

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Luckett blamed the shooting on reckless driving and road rage.

Her son tried to help his mom, driving her to a hospital, but she died.

The shooter drove off, but police later arrested Wilks.

Wilks was later arrested by police:

On September 1, Milwaukee police officers located Wilks standing outside of a house on the 3300 block of North Richards Street. Wilks, who is listed as living at a different residence, had a key to the home. Police obtained a search warrant for the Richards Street house and discovered a small safe wrapped up in a Joseph A. Bank XXL leather jacket.

The safe contained a 9-millimeter handgun, a scale, over a half a pound of cocaine, and two plastic bags containing Ecstasy, Oxycodone, Amphetamine, and Dextroamphetamine. According to the police report, the number of drugs and their packaging was “consistent with street-level distribution.”

On February 8, 2008, Wilks was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of cocaine, second or subsequent offense. Before that conviction, Wilks had a lengthy criminal record that included arrests for battery and cannabis possession.

Wilks had also been arrested several times for driving with a revoked license and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Wilkes has been charged with first degree intentional homicide and felon in possession of a firearm, according to Fox 6 News Milwaukee. His bond has been set at $110,000.

“She was a beautiful person. She knew how to treat people. She knew how to talk to people. She was wonderful. That was my oldest daughter. And I wish you knew how I feel,” Luckett said.


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