ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAW) A vigil has been planned for Sunday at 7 p.m. at Kennedy Park in Weston to honor the four people that lost their lives in three separate but connected shootings. The park is located on Alderson Street.
The vigil was scheduled to take place at the police department, but organizers said because of the expected turnout a larger venue was needed.
Johnny Koremenos, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice stated by email Thursday, Dianne Look, 67, and Karen Barclay, 62, died after being shot Wednesday at Marathon Savings Bank. Sara Quirt Sann, 43, an attorney at a nearby law firm died following the shooting at a Schofield law firm. Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland, 40, was killed while responding to the scene at the Aspen Street Apartments on Ross Avenue in Weston.
A photo of Barclay has not been released by her family.
The President and CEO of Marathon Savings Bank, Nicholas Zillges, issued this statement:
We are deeply grieved by the tragic loss of life in our community, and especially for the lives of our dear friends and colleagues who were among the victims of yesterday’s shootings. Karen and Dianne were both warm, wonderful women who were beloved by our Marathon Savings Bank family. We are heartbroken over the loss of our friends and mourn for their families and for the families of all of the victims.
We are grateful for the courageous and selfless service of our local law enforcement and first responders – and extend our deepest condolences to the family of Officer Weiland who died protecting our community. We have been profoundly moved by the outpouring of support we have seen today. We are proud to be a part of such a strong and close-knit community that has come together to support and care for each other in the most difficult of times.
A press conference held Thursday afternoon shared more information about the lives of Wednesday's victims.
Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks became understandably emotional when asked about Weiland's role in the department.
"Jason was a phenomenal officer and he was part of our family. It's difficult," he said choking up.
Jim Palmer, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Professional Police Association released this statement following the news of Weiland's death:
Wisconsin's law enforcement community has a heavy heart tonight as we mourn the loss of Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland, who was tragically killed today in the line of duty. Jason first became an officer in 1999, and he will be sorely missed by many. May the memory of Jason's selfless devotion to others be forever memorialized in the continued public service of the honorable men and women that keep our state and nation safe. Jason's tragic passing may have tapered law enforcement's 'thin blue line' today, but the resolve of the dedicated officers that will perpetuate his legacy will not be diminished. May we never forget Jason's sacrifice, and that of the many dedicated officers and law enforcement families that have answered the call to protect and serve our communities. In valor there is hope.
The incident was first reported around 1 p.m. Wednesday and involved three locations – Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild, Tlusty, Kennedy and Dirks law firm in Schofield and the Aspen Street apartments in Weston.
The suspect, 45, was taken into custody after 5 p.m. following a stand off at the apartment building on the corner of Aspen Street and Ross Avenue. He survives. His condition and name have not been released. The suspect will be prosecuted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Criminal Litigation Unit.
No other individuals were physically harmed during Wednesday’s shootings.
Officers from all area department shared that no matter what jurisdiction officers serve, law enforcement is a motherhood and everyone is impacted.
"Sometimes people think that police officers are robots, or something other than human. But we are, we are people. So when something tragic occurs, there's no doubt that we need support, and we need time to grieve,” explained Wausau Deputy Chief Ben Bliven
Residents of the Aspen Street Apartments are considered displaced. According to dispatch reports, eight families will receive assistance from the Red Cross.
The Rothschild Police Chief confirmed in a news release an incident at Marathon Saving Bank began as a domestic incident.
Wausau Police Lieutenant Todd Baeten asked people Wednesday to avoid the areas of Aspen, Ross, Bernard, Crestwood streets just after 3 p.m. As the standoff was underway.
"One of the main reasons that we want to keep everybody away from those streets we've listed is because I can confirm that a local law enforcement officer was shot. I can not comment on the extent of the injuries at this point, or the extent of anybody's injuries. Officers are in contact right now with the suspect at the Aspen Street Apartments site , and are working to engage in communication with him," Baeten explained.
On a day where so much of the community has experienced tragedy, Mount Olive Lutheran Church opened its doors Wednesday night to anyone of any faith to have a place to sit, process and pray.
"People are obviously processing this in a number of different ways. It's just so important to offer them a place to process and to heal and to speak with a pastor if they need to because people need that spiritual healing and that guidance in tough times like this,” explained Jordan Balk, associate pastor.
The church didn't know how many people would attend, but pastors were on hand to speak with people one on one and a small service was held.
The D.C. Everest School District went into lock down mode during the stand off.
Crime scene tape is around Marathon Savings Bank and Tlusty, Kennedy and Dirks law firm. The affected businesses remained closed Thursday as the scenes continued to be processed.
A memorial fund for the Weiland family has been established through Intercity State Bank, 2900 Schofield Ave., Weston, WI 54476. Donations for the family can be directed to Intercity State Bank under the name of “Weiland Memorial Fund.”
Scott Sann, Quirt-Sann's husband, released a statement to NewsChannel 7 on Wednesday, thanking everyone who has reached out to show support.
"I cannot express the gratitude for the many kind words. Yesterday we lost a wife, a daughter, a sister, a stepmom, an aunt, a friend and a community servant. I have never been a fan of social media, however Sara was fully engaged. I feel obligated to reach out to the many friends she had. Had it not been her, she would’ve been sending kind regards to any one of you," Sann wrote.
Sann went on to say that she put her armor on every day and fight for those who needed representation and called Quirt-Sann a "warrior."
""I love Marvel stories of super powers," Sann said. "And maybe that’s why I loved her."
NewsChannel 7 also received a statement from the Tlusty, Kennedy & Dirks Law Firm. It reads in part:
"We would like to thank the community for its generous and heartfelt support. Yesterday, we lost a dear friend and colleague and we ask that you keep her family in your thoughts. We appreciate the numerous messages we have received expressing concern and condolences - please know that they have not gone unnoticed.”
Weston Village Administrator Daniel Guild said that since the shootings, the area has shown great resilience. "This is a community that when the going gets tough, we roll up our sleeves and we do something positively and proactively," Guild said.
The Rothschild, Everest Metro, Wausau, and Mosinee Police Department have responded. Along with State Patrol, the Department of Justice, Department of Criminal Investigation and Marathon, Oneida, Langlade and Lincoln County Sheriff's Departments.
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