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2 teens charged with sexually assaulting, killing woman in Washington Park

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Two teenagers were charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting and killing a woman in Washington Park last September.

Ee Lee, 36, was found unresponsive in the park with severe injuries, including a broken jaw.

She died three days later.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said her death was caused by blunt force trauma to her head.

Kamare Lewis, 17, (right) and Kevin Spencer, 15, (left) were arrested Friday and charged with first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree sexual assault.

Both appeared in court Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, Lee was in the park on a blanket when she was approached by a group of at least five young men and boys.

Investigators said at least two of the boys severely beat and sexually assaulted her, leaving her to die by the pond.

WISN 12 News learned Spencer has been involved in three other crimes, including another homicide in December.

"He has shown you through his actions that he does not comply with court orders," Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Karine O'Bryne said.

"I don't have confidence Mr. Spencer will return to court and my bail amount reflects that," Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Audrey Skwierawski said.

Cash bail was set at $300,000 for Spencer and $275,000 for Lewis.

Mayor Tom Barrett said it's one of the most heinous crimes he's ever seen.

"This was a very very callous case. And it was a tragedy for the young woman, and clearly there were many people involved," Barrett said.

The complaint said one of the other boys recorded the attack on Lewis' phone instead of calling 911 for help.

If convicted, they face up to 60 years in prison.

The Hmong Community is reeling from the vicious attack on Lee.

"One of the things that has really stuck out to us is just how young the two people charged in the crime are. They are just children, so to hear that and hear that news, it has been incredibly devastating," said Tammie Xiong, executive director of the Hmong American Women’s Association.

The Hmong American Women's Association continues to work with Lee's family and said it's pleased the case is moving forward.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said it continues to investigate the homicide and search for other teens who may have been involved in Lee's beating death.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call investigators at 414-278-4788.

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