Family of Gardiner Lane shooting victims raise awareness of domestic violence
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police Officer Jim Wood is taking a stand against domestic violence.
"It's not just about my family. It's about stopping the violence everywhere. We see every night, story after story, after story about stopping the violence. When are we going to stop it?" asked LMPD Officer Jim Wood.
Last Wednesday his niece, 36-year-old Jillian Wood, along with her 8-year-old daughter, Shelbi Stewart, were both shot to death at Lakeview Condominiums in Louisville.
Police say the shooter was Jillian's ex-boyfriend 40-year-old Gary Stewart.
"They both had so much upside, and this person just absolutely took it away from them," Wood said.
Although criminal records show that Jillian Wood filed a domestic violence order against Stewart in 2010, her family says they weren't aware.
They say the two were trying to be good parents to their children, and Stewart wasn't physically abusive.
"But there were no indicators in regard to that. The family did know that he was psychologically intimidating," said Wood.
"He was sick. Nobody in their right mind would do that, and everybody saw signs and nobody did anything," says Jocelyn Wood, the victim's sister.
Jillian Wood's twin sister, Jocelyn Wood, says not doing anything is her biggest regret.
"My niece is gone, and my sister is gone. Half my family is gone, because I didn't do something, and I have to live with that," says Jocelyn Wood.
They're only hoping that this message will encourage other people to get help.
They want family members to speak up if they notice something is wrong.
"If one family was saved and kept from going through this agony, this horror, it would mean everything to me and everything to my family," said Officer Wood.
The mother of the shooting suspect was also injured during last week's quadruple shooting.
She is listed in stable condition at University Hospital.
Meanwhile, community members are stepping up to help the family with funeral expenses.
The family says, without insurance, they were not prepared to pay for the funerals for Jillian Wood and her 8 year old daughter.
The double funerals will cost $9,500 dollars.
On Sunday Blake Goldsmith, owner of Easy Cash Pawn, contributed $7,500 to the fund.
"As a father myself, I cannot imagine losing a loved one or mother like that," Goldsmith said.
A donation fund has been set up under the victim's names at any Fifth Third Bank location.
The funerals for Jillian Wood and Shelbi Stewart will be held this Tuesday, at Fern Creek Funeral home.
Visitation for the public will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The funeral will follow, and the two will be buried at Resthaven Cemetery.
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