Lantern Project: Since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added to the lamppost in front of Hope House a purple wreath. We will turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We will post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities. We know the list of stories we post here is incomplete. We strive to learn about and share these stories but know that there are some that we and the media miss. If you see a news story of a death in WI related to domestic violence and don't see it posted here, please feel free to let us know about it here. Thank you.
News Story about Funeral: "'She was such a beautiful spirit. She always brought positive energy to the family,' said Stephanie Butler, Audrea's cousin. You could say there wasn't a dry eye at Audrea Williams' funeral service. Audrea's sisters Asia and Audrey wept at the podium. 'My sister Audrea, my favorite sister, you taught me so many things. How to take care of myself, how to braid hair, and even throw it back in a flare... Just know you'll be so much. But with Audric we'll always have your loving touch,' said Asia Robinson in the funeral program. 'My dearest big sister 'RAREE' she was such a happy loving sister. Always smiling and filled with laughter,' said Audrey Richardson in the funeral program. Raree was Audrea's nickname. Audrea was a victim of domestic violence, but her family says she fought to get out. They say the family has made a pact to come together even more to spread domestic violence awareness. 'This has only ignited a fire within our family so that another family doesn't have to go through what we're having to go through today -- doesn't have to feel what we're feeling today,' said Keshonda Willis, Audrea's cousin. Audrea's organs will be donated. While some of her remains will go towards saving lives, Audrea's family says her spirit will be shared with Audric. 'She's so beautiful -- even now. Our journey only continues... we have lost one, but we will not lose another,' said Willis."
New Story about Homicide: "MILWAUKEE COUNTY - 19-year-old Frank Lopez, charged with first degree intentional homicide in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old Audrea Williams was in court on Wednesday, April 13th for his preliminary hearing. The fatal shooting happened on March 30th at a home near 81st and Villard. Lopez Jr. is facing one count of first degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon. According to the criminal complaint, police were dispatched to the home, and came upon a woman who was flagging down officers who said: 'Hurry, she’s losing consciousness.' Police found Williams lying on the floor in a bedroom at the home near 81st and Villard. A man was holding a cloth to the back of Williams’ head, applying pressure to her wound. Police observed Williams to be breathing slowly, but unable to answer questions."