Tristain Thomas holds a painting of his family members on Sept. 13, 2022, in Appleton, Wis. The painting shows himself; his mother Azerine Thomas, top right; his sister Dwynetta Thomas, center; and his two children, 5-year-old Isaiah and 1-year-old Brooklyn. Thomas said the painting represents a wish for his family to be together after the death of his mother and sister. Dwynetta Thomas was killed on March 12, 2022 while driving down Milwaukee’s West Fond du Lac Avenue, which doubles as State Highway 145. Milwaukee residents have called on officials to make the urban highway safer. (Angela Major / WPR)

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