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.
We were unable to find an obituary. If we are made aware of one, we will add it here.
News Story: "BURLINGTON -- The Racine County Sheriff's Office indicated in a news release on Wednesday, June 1st that foul play was at hand when a house caught fire and subsequently exploded in the Town of Burlington on May 14th. This is now believed to have been a double homicide/suicide.
Although the exact series of events that occurred on that Saturday may never be known, Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling has called this 'the ultimate act of domestic violence.'
This investigation took awhile due to the fact that the fire and subsequent explosion was so intense. But now, authorities say the evidence suggests 41-year-old Craig Lambert caused the deaths of 43-year-old Kimberly Howe and 17-year-old Nicholas Chaulkin.
Lambert is also believed responsible for the subsequent fire and explosion"...Read more