Beloved MPS teacher remembered
Jay Olstad reports Video by tmj4.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - Family and co-workers are in shock after a beloved Milwaukee Public School teacher was killed Wednesday.
Police say 34-year old Becky Manzke was stabbed to death in what's being described as a domestic dispute at her home near 73rd and Burdick. Police have a man in custody. Neighbors describe the man as her ex-boyfriend.
"It literally broke my heart," said Erica Cook.
For five years, Cook worked side by side Manzke, first at Bay View High School and then at Audubon Technology and Communication Center.
"She would go out of her way to do anything to get the kids to respond to education. She would even do dancing, cheer-leading after school," said Cook.
Cook describes Manske as a "miracle worker", a woman who could reach children no one else could.
"She really loved the kids and she loved her job too," she said.
Her two young children were in the house at the time of the murder and her 10-year old son witnessed it.
"Those poor kids. I really feel sorry for those two little kids who have to live with this," said neighbor Carrie Sikorski.
Neighbors are in shock and so is Manzke's family who tell TODAY'S TMJ4 she loved being a mother more than any thing else.
Manske loved to dance, as well and was actually getting ready to open up a dance studio Friday near 68th and Morgan. Family members say her children and students helped her paint inside the studio in preparation for this week's opening.
Instead, family members are preparing for a funeral, which is scheduled for Sunday at Carroll University inside Shattuck Auditorium. Visitation goes from 11am until 2pm, with the funeral following immediately after.