Fund established for children made orphans after murder-suicide

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Three children are in foster care after both of their parents died in a murder-suicide incident during the early morning hours of December 19th.

Some from the City of Milwaukee are stepping up to help the children -- two girls ages 5 and 6, and their two-month-old baby brother -- make the best of their Christmas. Candles remain lit outside the home that was the scene of the tragedy.

"I never cease to be amazed at how great this community can be when the chips are down. People come together," said Alderman Bob Donovan.

A $500 anonymous donation from an area business was made to the children.

"In the spirit of the community and the spirit of Christmas that we're able to maybe kick this off and hopefully challenge the rest of the community to step up as well and help out these three beautiful angels," said Milwaukee Police Association President Mike Crivello.

The Milwaukee Police Association pledged $500 to the children's fund, and Donovan is asking the public to make donations as well.

"Give these kids, these three orphans, a running start in life. Here's an opportunity to get involved. Do something good for a good, good cause," said Donovan.

Donations of any kind can be made at Tri City National Bank to the Jefferson Orphans Fund.

7 comments

  • Tiffany Jefferson

    I am the sister of the female victim (the children’s aunt. Our family cannot express our thanks and gratitude. We are going through the process of trying to get the kids back to Arizona as soon as possible. We are forever grateful to the help of the community there. God works in wonderful ways and we see that and truly appreciate it. Thank you and God Bless.

    • Sherry Gabrielse

      Hi Tiffany. I heard this tragic story last night on the news. I am so sorry for your losses. My husband and I have been on a 2 year waiting list for adoption and want to extend our hearts to your families that we would be more than grateful to bring one of these little ones into our home and provide a loving home. From your above comment, it appears there is a destination for these little ones but please know we are here in the wings if these plans change. We would love to welcome any of these little ones into our family. God Bless You.

  • Tiffany Britton

    Tiffany, I was her best friend… one of many I’m sure. She is so fantastic. I don’t have your numbers and that saddens me. I can’t even get in contact with anyone and I want tobe a part of everything. PLEASE respond back to me. I want to fly back.

  • treaty

    How is it that they can call these babies “ORPHANS” WHEN THEY HAVE AN ENTIRE FAMILY IN ARIZONA??? THEY ARENT ORPHANS!! THEY HAVE FAMILY!!! I HOPE THAT EVERYTHING AND I MEAN EVERYTHING POSSIBLE IS BEING DONE BY THE FAMILY SO THAT THEY CAN BE BROUGT HOME!!

  • treaty

    This lady has her never asking to adopt one of the babies. Smh. What is really going on??? The media has SHERRY confused!!

    • Sherry Gabrielse

      Thank you treaty. Yes….it is implied they are ”orphans” ….We willingly would like to make our home a forever home. I have contacted Milw Bureau of Welfare about these children and am getting no where as well. The story should be more accurate when dealing with such an emotional subject for especially those of us on a waiting list to adopt!…(yes, ”waiting list”…) I have emailed several people regarding this story on placing these children. Perhaps may more people are confused with me!

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