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: "APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – Appleton Police have identified a man who shot his brother before taking his own life Saturday night.Police say the shooter was Danny Ortega, 21, Appleton. Officers are waiting for results of an autopsy completed Monday morning. The police department calls it a 'tragic domestic violence incident.' Officials say a lengthy verbal argument between Ortega and his brother led to the 21-year-old shooting his 24-year-old brother in the leg. The two lived together at a home in the 800 block of N. Oneida Street. Ortega’s brother fled the home after being shot. Police say Ortega then shot himself with the same weapon. The self-inflicted gunshot was witnessed by a family member.
Ortega was pronounced dead at the hospital. His brother was treated but has since been released from the hospital"...Read more