MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A fundraiser, with the goal of raising awareness of domestic violence, has been planned for Saturday, June 28th, in honor of 60-year-old Barbara Killebrew.
The “No More Pain” event is planned for 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Redemption Fellowship Church on 26th and Keefe.
All money collected will go to the Barbara Killebrew Memorial Fund.
Police say Killebrew was stabbed to death on Tuesday evening, June 24th near 24th Place and Melvina.
Police say a 52-year-old Milwaukee man is in custody — Killebrew’s boyfriend.
Police were called to the scene around 5:30 p.m. for a domestic incident. When they arrived, they found a woman who died as a result of multiple stab wounds.
Neighbors say it’s been a violent summer so far in this area, and this is yet another blow.
FOX6 News has learned the victim in this case had just recently spoken out against the recent violence in her neighborhood.
Neighbors identify her as Barbara Killebrew.
They say she had a restraining order against her former boyfriend — but no one knew where to find him to serve him the papers.
Now, he’s accused of killing her.
“I came home and my son said the woman down the street has been looking for me and wanted me to pray with her and I feel so bad because I wasn’t there. Maybe she would have confided in me. Maybe she would have talked to me,” a neighbor said.
We’re told Killebrew was active in her church — playing the tambourine on Sundays. She was an assistant school teacher, and a recent breast cancer survivor.
“She was a woman of God. She loved the Lord. She loved people. She was very concerned about her community,” the neighbor said.
It was earlier in June when Killebrew came to a gathering in her neighborhood — speaking out against the violence after three shootings occurred near her block.
Barbara Killebrew spoke with FOX6 News, and her words would tragically be prophetic.
“I’d like to tell those young men that they got to put those guns down because it could be one of their family members that’s dying or getting shot,” Killebrew said.
“She did not deserve to die like that and I don’t know what type of spirit is over Milwaukee but it just seems like it’s violence everywhere,” Killebrew’s neighbor said.
Killebrew’s family is now grieving that a woman so concerned about recent violence towards others would become the very next victim.
“I want the community to know that she helped people. She was an assistant school teacher. She was a woman of God. She tried to do the best that she can,” Killebrew’s neighbor said.
Police say the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing this case for charges.
Meanwhile, Killebrew’s daughter tells FOX6 News a fund has been established in Killebrew’s honor. Donations can be made at any Chase Bank branch.
This case has again brought attention to the issue of domestic violence.
In April, Gov. Scott Walker signed into law three bills that offers new protections for victims of domestic abuse.
The first puts in place a monitoring procedure to force abusers under injunctions to surrender their firearms.
The second puts “stalking” in the definition of domestic abuse.
The third creates better linkages between law enforcement and victim services providers — which will help officers give victims needed resource information.
Milwaukee’s Sojourner Family Peace Center helps thousands victims of domestic abuse every year.
The Sojourner Family Peace Center is the largest non-profit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin.
Sojourner provides an array of support aimed at helping families affected by domestic violence to achieve safety, justice and well-being.
On its website, the Sojourner Family Peace Center says its primary goals are to ensure the safety of victims of family violence, and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers through opportunities to make positive and lasting changes for themselves and their children.
The Sojourner Family Peace Center offers Sojourner Truth — an emergency domestic violence shelter for women and children.
The 46-bed emergency shelter offers a safe respite for battered women, sexual assault victims and their children.
The Sojourner Family Peace Center also offers a 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline that can help callers of all ages.
All calls are confidential.
Also available via the Sojourner Family Peace Center — support groups held in confidential locations.
The Sojourner Family Peace Center can also help you file a restraining order.
If you need help, or you know someone who does — contact the Sojourner Family Peace Center at 414-933-2722.
CLICK HERE to visit the Sojourner Family Peace Center’s website.
Another resource for domestic violence victims is the Milwaukee Women’s Center.
Founded in 1980, the Milwaukee Women’s Center provides comprehensive services and treatment for women, men, and children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence, addiction, mental health issues, and poverty.
In June 2007, to ensure the continuation of critical domestic violence resources in Milwaukee County, the Milwaukee Women’s Center became a Division of Community Advocates.
Each year, more than 1,000 women, men, and children benefit from direct intervention, treatment, and prevention services, while more than 12,000 individuals receive assistance through the 24-Hour Crisis Line and community education programs.
The Milwaukee Women’s Center operates one of only two domestic violence shelters for women and children in Milwaukee County.
In addition to the shelter, the Milwaukee Women’s Center offers comprehensive programming for the entire family, with the goal of ending the cycle of violence, abuse, and addiction that grips so many families for generations.
If you or someone you know is in need of emergency shelter or help with domestic abuse or other issues, please call the Milwaukee Women’s Center at 414-671-6140.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Milwaukee Women’s Center.