Gruesome Discovery: Arrest Made in Murder and Mutilation Case of Missing Wisconsin College Student

Sade Carleena Robinson, a 19-year-old Black college student, was brutally murdered after a date with 31-year-old Maxwell Anderson. Her dismembered body parts were found, sparking outrage over violence against young women of color.

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Gruesome Discovery: Arrest Made in Murder and Mutilation Case of Missing Wisconsin College Student

Dismembered Body of Black College Student Found in Milwaukee, Suspect Arrested

The dismembered body parts of Sade Carleena Robinson, a 19-year-old Black college student from Wisconsin, were found in April 2024 after she went missing following a date with 31-year-old Maxwell Anderson. Anderson was arrested on suspicion of her murder and mutilation.

Robinson was reported missing on April 2 after not returning calls or showing up to work. Her car was found engulfed in flames, and authorities later discovered her severed leg. On April 4, police raided Anderson's home and found blood evidence, leading to his arrest. He has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse, and arson in the case.

Since Anderson's arrest, authorities have continued to find more of Robinson's body parts scattered throughout Milwaukee, including her torso and an arm that washed up on a beach along Lake Michigan. The ongoing investigation has shaken the local community.

Why this matters: The tragic death of Sade Robinson highlights the alarming issue of violence against young women of color. Black women in the U.S. are six times more likely to be murdered than their white peers, with the greatest disparity in homicide rates occurring in Wisconsin in 2019-2020.

Robinson's mother, Sheena Scarbrough, spoke out about the killing, describing it as a "2024 Jeffrey Dahmer" case and vowing to advocate for other missing young women of color in Milwaukee. "We're gonna call all of them out and we're gonna speak for the whole community cause I'm not about to sit down and I'm not about to sit still on this one," Scarbrough said.

Pink Tribute: The Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee was lit pink to honor Robinson, whose favorite color was pink, and a vigil was held at Kilbourn Reservoir Park, where her family and the community mourned her death. Robinson was supposed to graduate with an associate's degree in criminal justice next month. A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to help the family with her funeral, which is tentatively scheduled for May 9.

Maxwell Anderson is currently being held in the Milwaukee County Jail on a $5 million bond. A preliminary examination in the case is scheduled for Monday. Scarbrough expressed her determination to seek justice for her daughter, saying, "This is not normal. I need them to be held accountable." The brutal murder has devastated Robinson's family and friends, who remember her as a "beautiful angel" with a bright future ahead of her.

Key Takeaways

  • Sade Carleena Robinson, 19, was murdered after a date with Maxwell Anderson, 31.
  • Anderson was arrested for Robinson's murder, mutilation, and arson of her car.
  • Authorities continue to find Robinson's dismembered body parts scattered throughout Milwaukee.
  • Black women in the U.S. are 6 times more likely to be murdered than white peers.
  • Anderson is held on $5 million bond, and a preliminary examination is scheduled.