Tragic Beginning to Domestic Violence Awareness Month

MADISON – October marks Domestic Violence Awareness month, and a tragic domestic violence-related death in Madison over the weekend reminds us that there is still much work to be done. Today, the City of Madison Police Department announced that Sherry Sheree Waller was shot and killed by her boyfriend. Ms. Waller had five children between ages 3 and 14. In response, Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) issued the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened by the death of Sherry Sheree Waller, and my heart breaks for her children. She and her children were members of our community, and my deep condolences are with her family. Although the individual who killed her was not eligible to possess a firearm, we know it’s all too easy to obtain one. As a result, the lives of five children in our community have been permanently altered.

“The truth is that women are five times more likely to be killed if their abuser possesses a firearm. In Wisconsin in 2017, firearms were used in 70% of domestic violence homicides. Enacting universal background checks and reinstating the 48 hour waiting period are tangible things that can be done on a bipartisan basis to keep guns out of the hands of those who wish to do harm.”