Lantern Lit on 10/4/16-10/11/16 for Nya Hammond, 17, of Milwaukee and Alexandra “Sandy” Marifke, 75, of Racine
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.
“GLENDALE -- Glendale police say a 21-year-old Milwaukee man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman. The victim has been identified as Nya Hammond of Milwaukee. FOX6 News has learned Hammond was on her way to work when she was shot and killed. Hammond's body was discovered in a parking lot in the 400 block of River Woods Parkway in Glendale around 5:30 a.m. on Monday, September 26th. FOX6's Myra Sanchick spoke with Hammond's mother on Wednesday, September 28th -- who described her daughter as a dedicated mother to her three-year-old son, PJ and a hard worker -- getting up at 5:00 a.m. to clean the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin in the River Woods Parkway in Glendale. On Monday, Hammond was on her way to work when her mother says she collapsed at the front door and died after she was shot. Hammond's mother told FOX6 News the 21-year-old man who has been arrested in this case is the father of Hammond's child. Hammond's mother said Hammond left the man earlier in September due to domestic violence. ‘She kind of kept it quiet because I guess she didn`t want to feel ashamed or want us to think we were ashamed of her or you`re stupid for going back with him,’ Hammond's mother, Shalonda Hammond said”…Read more
Obituary: “Alexandra M. Marifke, ‘Sandy,’ 75, of Augusta, Wisconsin, passed away at her home on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. Alexandra Mary Marifke, daughter of Raymond and Cecilia (Koralewski) Bonczkowski, was born July 27, 1941, in Milwaukee. She was raised in Milwaukee, where she was baptized and received her First Communion at St. Veronica’s Catholic Church in Milwaukee. She attended St. Veronica’s Grade School and graduated from Bay View High School. Sandy went on to attend Marquette University and also worked in the registration office at the university until 1967. She then took a position in the accounting office of DePaul Rehabilitation Hospital for alcohol and other drug addiction. On June 18, 1966, she was united in marriage to Edward Marifke at Gesu Catholic Church in Milwaukee. The couple lived in Milwaukee until 1967, when they moved to Wind Lake, Wisconsin. After her marriage she and her mother-in-law operated the Marifke’s Green House in Wind Lake for over 20 years. Sandy also worked as an LPN with in-home health care agencies in the Wind Lake area. Through the years Eddie and Sandy vacationed on their land just east of Augusta, and permanently moved there in September of 1999. Throughout her life Sandy had always enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially in the Augusta area. She was thrilled to be able to still take her 90-plus-year-old mother out fishing on opening weekend. She also enjoyed photography, knitting and crocheting. While in Augusta she looked forward to her daily coffee clutches with friends, working of the election board for Bridge Creek Township, and attending Grace Lutheran Church. Sandy was a generous soul who gave of herself in so many simple ways without wanting anything in return. She had a kind and giving heart, and if you were her friend, you knew true friendship. She will be dearly missed”…Read more
News Story: “A 73-year-old Racine man is being held on a $500,000 cash bail for first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the strangulation and stabbing death of his sister in the town of Bridge Creek. The woman, Alexandra ‘Sandy’ Marifke, 75, was killed over the weekend at her residence at E23695 Highway M”…Read more