Beloit fatal shooting victim's name released

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Shelly Birkelo
December 25, 2015

BELOIT—The Rock County Medical Examiner's Office released the name of the young man who died shortly after he was shot Tuesday morning in Beloit.

Marcus James Seichter's death was the result of firearm-related trauma, according to preliminary findings of a forensic autopsy completed Tuesday at the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office, according to the news release.

The 17-year-old Beloit resident's death remains under investigation by the City of Beloit Police Department and the Rock County Medical Examiner's Department, the release stated.

The incident took place shortly after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of Eighth Street in the city of Beloit. Seichter was taken to a local hospital where he pronounced dead shortly after arrival, according to the release.

Prosecutors charged Nikolai Wasilewski, 17, Beloit, with Seichter's death, according to the Associated Press.

Wasilewski faces a charge of homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon in the shooting death of his best friend.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Thursday that the teen has been released on a $10,000 signature bond. Wasilewski is due back in court next month.

According to a Rock County court complaint, Wasilewski told police he was playing with a .357 revolver when it went off and a bullet hit Seichter in the head. Police responded to a 911 call from Wasilewski's mother, who attempted CPR.

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