Hometown Tragedy: Missing in Milwaukee

LeeAnn Huntoon

LeeAnn Huntoon

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Feb. 7, 2020, was a day that forever changed the lives of Amarah ‘Jerica’ Banks, her children, family, and friends. Jerica and her two daughters Zaniya Ivery, 5, and Camaria Banks, 4, spent Friday night into Saturday morning with family. Her family dropped her off at her apartment early that morning unaware that would be the last time they would see Jerica and her daughters.

On this episode of Hometown Tragedy: Missing in Milwaukee, we’ll explore what happened to Jerica Banks, her children, and how it impacted their community.

You can watch the full episode of Missing in Milwaukee on Hometown Tragedy, streaming only on Very Local

Hometown Tragedy: Missing in Milwaukee – The Story of Jerica Banks

Amarah ‘Jerica’ Banks, a Milwaukee native and mother of three children lived in the Sunset Heights neighborhood of the city. Jerica was an honor student and graduate of the Milwaukee school of the Arts.

She loved to play the violin and loved being a mother to her children Zaniya Ivery, Camaria Banks, and Arzel Ivery Jr. Her mother, Valeria Spinner-Banks described Jerica as a “daddy’s girl” who would do anything for her loved ones.

Feb. 7, 2020, was a day that forever changed the lives of Jerica Banks, her children, family, and friends. That day Banks, 26, and the rest of her family buried Jerica’s 21-month-old son, Arzel Ivery Jr.

Jerica and her two daughters Zaniya Ivery, 5, and Camaria Banks, 4, spent Friday night into Saturday morning with family. Her family dropped her off at her apartment early that morning unaware that would be the last time they would see Jerica and her daughters.

True Crime Podcast
Episode 16: The Murder of Chiquita Tate and the Murders of Zaniya Ivery, Amarah “Jerica” & Camaria Banks

Further Reading
True Crime Daily: Jerica Banks and two daughters murdered

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