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: "Maxwell James Peterson was truly an angel in every sense of the word. Max, who passed away on July 21, 2015, lived life as only a person blessed with Angelman Syndrome could. His bright white hair and infectious smile lit up every room he entered. He spread his love to all he came into contact, sealing it with a tight embrace. Max was unique in being able to touch so many people’s hearts without the use of words.
At home with his mother, Deb, father, Ted, and younger brother, Jacob, Max could often be found in their yard, spending countless hours at the slide. He loved stacking books and blocks with his brother and shooting hoops with everyone, including his many wonderful respite care workers throughout the years.
As a boy and later as a young man, Max always loved his time with his grandparents, Gary and Joanne McKinley, playing memory games, snacking on Teddy Grahams and greeting visitors while looking outside from their large bay window. He enjoyed playing with his younger cousins at the playset in the backyard, laughing heartily as he watched them run around and chase each other.
Max was a beloved student at East High School, where his laughter often filled the hallways. Like many teenage boys, one of his favorite parts of the day was gym class where he could be found shooting hoops and sharing in his classmates’ fun as they scampered about. Max thoroughly enjoyed his numerous jobs around the school, which included collecting recyclables and helping clean the cafeteria"...Read more
NBC 15 News Story: UPDATED: Friday, July 24, 2015 --- 3:13 p.m.
"MADISON, Wis.--- The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Theodore R. Peterson, 47, of Madison, has died.
Peterson is accused of killing his 16-year-old son in Token Creek Park Tuesday night.
Preliminary results from the autopsy confirm Peterson's death is the result of a self-inflicted trauma.
Statement from the Peterson family:
'We’d like to thank everyone for their tremendous support during this terribly difficult time, especially the family and friends who have reached out and the people we have dealt with at the Dane County Sheriff’s Department and UW Hospital. Max was truly an angel who brightened everyone’s life that he came into contact with and Ted was a loving husband and father. Both will be missed greatly.
We ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy during this trying time as the grieving process continues.'
UPDATED: Friday, July 24, 2015 --- 10:07 a.m.
MADISON, Wis.--- Dane County authorities say Theodore Peterson allegedly used a knife and nail gun to kill his developmentally disabled 16-year-old son in Token Creek Park, according to official documents.
Around 6:11 p.m., a park visitor on horseback called 911 after finding two people lying on a trail within the park Tuesday night. The caller said one individual had his throat slit and appeared dead, and the second individual was shaking and appeared to have been shot in the head.
Maxwell Peterson was pronounced dead at the scene. His 47-year-old father was flown to UW Hospital.
An investigation by the Dane County Sheriff's Office reveals that Theodore took Maxwell, who was diagnosed with Angelman's Syndrome, to the park that evening"...Read more