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.
Obituary: "Jessica L. Joyner, 29, of La Crosse, passed away Monday, March 7, 2016 at the Gundersen Health System. The Dickinson Family Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements."
News Story: "A La Crosse man stabbed his wife in front of five children late Sunday at the couple’s South Side apartment before they huddled around her as she was dying, according to court records.
Prosecutors Monday charged Haron Joyner, 35, with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Jessica Joyner, 29. He’s jailed on a $100,000 cash bond.
Apartment tenant Lynn Hollowitch said a loud thud shook the units of 1314-1320 S. Fifth Ave., a multiplex bounded by Adams and Hood streets, during an escalating argument between the couple.
'Mommy!' Hollowitch heard, then 'Stop!'
Hollowitch called 911 at 11:16 p.m. before Haron Joyner said something to the effect of, 'I already said not to play with me,' Hollowitch said"...Read more