KYLE Rittenhouse is currently standing trial over the fatal shooting of two men and injuring a third during racial justice protests in 2020.
The shooting of Jacob Blake on August 23, set off a series of protests that gave way to violence for three nights in a row, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Joseph D Rosenbaum died after being shot in the head on August 25, 2020, during the heated Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Kenosha.
Rosenbaum left behind his now 3-year-old daughter who lives in Waco, Texas.
He was 36 years old when he died.
During the demonstrations, Kyle Rittenhouse clashed with a crowd gathered near a car dealership and Rosenbaum, who did not have a firearm, threw an object that appeared to be a plastic bag at him and missed, according to a criminal complaint filed last year.
Rosenbaum and Rittenhouse moved across the parking lot and appeared to be close to each other when loud bangs were suddenly heard and Rosenbaum fell to the ground, the complaint said.
Rosenbaum reportedly had battled bipolar disorder and was homeless, according to The Washington Post, which claimed he had been discharged from a hospital earlier in the day after a suicide attempt.
He is said to have spent more than a decade in prison in Arizona after being convicted of sexual conduct with a minor.
"He wasn't down there as a rioter or a looter," Rosenbaum's fiancée told the Post in reference to August 25. "Why was he there? I have no answer. I ask myself that question every day."
Anthony Huber, 26, was taking part in the demonstrations along with his girlfriend Hannah Gittings.
Gittings told CNN in an interview last year Huber had spotted an armed man in the crowd.
"He pushed me out of the way and ran off. I tried to grab him," Hannah Gittings said. She referred to what Huber had done as a "heroic thing."
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She told CNN her boyfriend launched at the armed individual to protect her and other people nearby.
According to the complaint, Huber appeared to reach for Rittenhouse's gun with his hand while holding his skateboard in the other.
As Huber tried to grab the gun, Rittenhouse pointed it at his body and fired one round, according to the complaint.
"He was an incredibly intelligent person, literally the smartest person I've ever met," Gittings told CNN. "He knew exactly what was at risk for him chasing down somebody with a weapon."
Following his death, his family described him as a “hero” in a statement to local news station WITI.
"He was always quick to help friends, family, and neighbors in need, and so it was no surprise to us to learn that Anthony came to the aid of others on August 25," the statement said. "While we miss him dearly and wish none of this had happened, we are very proud of him."
Huber was a talented skateboarder according to Twitter.
Gaige Grosskreutz was the only person who survived being shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in 2020 during the protests in Kenosha.
Taking the stand during the trail on November 8, 2021, Grosskreutz said he was armed with a pistol.
But he said his hands were raised when he was shot by Rittenhouse on the evening of August 25, 2020.
The 27-year-old Grosskreutz said: “I thought the defendant was an active shooter.”
Asked what was going through his mind as he got closer to the 17-year-old Rittenhouse, he said: "That I was going to die."
Rittenhouse shot Grosskreutz in the arm, tearing away much of his bicep or vaporized it, as the witness put it.
Prosecutor Thomas Binger asked Grosskreutz why he didn't shoot first.
He replied: “That's not the kind of person that I am. That's not why I was out there, he said. It's not who I am. And definitely not somebody I would want to become.”
But during cross-examination, Rittenhouse’s defense attorney Corey Chirafisi asked: "It wasn't until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him that he fired, right?
“Correct," Grosskreutz replied.
Rittenhouse is currently standing trial for the deaths of Rosenbaum and Huber as well as injuring Grosskreutz.
He has pleaded not guilty, claiming it was self-defense.
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