The family of a woman the authorities say was killed by her boyfriend ex-wife, while decorating a Christmas tree, warning…
The family of a woman the authorities say was killed by her boyfriend ex-wife, while decorating a Christmas tree, warning a warning about the devastating effect of domestic violence that goes beyond two people.
Lisa Vilate Williams, 26, made homemade jewelry with her boyfriend two-year-olds in her apartment on Sunday when his ex-wife, Chelsea Watrous Cook, 32, broke in and shot her in front of the children, police said.
The slaying came after Cook directed Williams with online bullying, personal confrontations and harassment for several months, telling her sister and mother about The Associated Press.
“I worried for safety every day,” said her mother, Tawny Williams. [1
9659002] Chelsea Cook’s lawyer did not return calls that sought comments, and family members reached by phone refused to comment or refuse notifications. She was arrested with suspicions of murder after her ex-husband took the gun away and pinched her against the wall until the police arrived, the authorities said.
Lisa Williams died in a hospital.
In this undead photo provided by Tawny Williams, Lisa Vilate Williams shows. The family of a woman killed by her boyfriend ex-wife while decorating a Christmas tree lags a warning about the devastating consequences of domestic violence that goes beyond two people. Police say that 26-year-old Lisa Vilate Williams made homemade jewelry with her boyfriend twin 3-year-olds when his ex-wife, 32-year-old Chelsea Watrous Cook, broke in and shot her to death in front of the children. (Tawny Williams via AP)
She had loved to read books and buy dying plants to nurse back to health. On her 16th birthday, she saved money to buy gifts for everyone in her family, said her sister Bekah Williams. She loved children and was so eager to start Christmas decorations with her boyfriend twins that she left early from her own family’s Thanksgiving party in Centennial Park, Ariz., With a popcorn poper stuck in the back of her car.
“I spoke to her for an hour or so before everything happened, and she was so excited … giving those kids something good,” said Bekah Williams.
However, during six months, she dated Travis Cook, a colleague at the bank where she was a counter, allegedly directed by her ex-wife. Harassment began in June and included conflicts in the bank, Instagram bullying and telephone conversations from the college where Chelsea Cook was a health teacher, Bekah Williams said.
Court record shows the couple’s divorce was completed in January, but Chelsea Cook had been charged with domestic violence in the presence of a child the month before the battle. She did not claim to be guilty.
The Chelsea Cook attorney did not leave calls for comments, and family members who reached the phone did not comment or did not leave messages.
Bekah Williams said she reported the behavior and use of school phones to the Rector at Skyridge High School in Lehi in August, but “I seem nothing to do,” she said.
The Alpine School District did not return messages looking for comments on Friday, but Ben Rasmussen, team leader and professional practice with the Utah State School Board said that learning outside the classroom could be difficult for the schools to deal with.
School officials were not aware that Chelsea Cook had been arrested on October 16 on suspicions of domestic violence. While teachers themselves have to report such arrests to their superintendents within 48 hours, she did not, Rasmussen said. The state flags also arrested teachers despite a fingerprint database, but it was a misdemeanor case and her prints were not flagged for more than a month. The application was made after her murder arrangement.
“It took a lot longer than we hope,” says Rasmussen.
(Courtesy of Skyridge High School) Chelsea Cook Cook, a high school teacher, is accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend.
During school, Chelsea Cook was an engaging teacher whose classmates looked forward to participating, KUTV reported in Salt Lake City. 19659002] Details of violent acts in the home have not been published, but Bekah Williams said it did not involve his sister.
Lisa Williams was reluctant to report Chelsea Cook’s behavior to the police, worried that participating authorities could make the situation harder on the children, said her sister. She looked back now, wondering if it was a mistake.
“In retrospect, I think the best thing for the kids would have been to call the police every time,” said Bekah Williams.
She is lost to explain exactly what led to it. The last conversation between the two women had been encouraging, with Chelsea Cook thanking Lisa Williams for picking up the twins at the nursery. They had not had contact in the days before, because she was with her family for Thanksgiving holidays.
This undead photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff Office shows Chelsea Watrous Cook. The police say that Cook, a Utah high school teacher, shot and killed his ex-girlfriend while the parents of the other couple looked. (Salt Lake County Sheriff Office via AP)
Lisa Williams had moved to American Fork a few years ago to take care of her sister, a hospital with a potentially life-threatening pulmonary disease. She had stayed after recovery and lived with two of her sisters.
In the end, it’s so caring about others as Lisa Williams family hopes she remembers.
“She had a wise soul,” said Bekah Williams. “I’m lucky to have had her in our lives.”