The mother of a Utah woman who was gunned down by her boyfriend’s ex-wife says her daughter was “magic” and “truly generous.”
Tawny Williams is devastated by the death of her daughter Lisa Villate Williams.
“She was so kind, sweet, generous, loving, and brought joy and excitement to every aspect of life,” Williams wrote in a Facebook post.
“She was magic, and I want her remembered for how she lived and not for how she was killed.”
High school teacher Chelsea Waltrous Cook, 32, was dropping off cold medicine for her 3-year-old twins — who she shared with her ex-husband — on Sunday when she carried out the attack, police said.
Cook reportedly locked herself in a bathroom at the residence after being told to leave.
She later opened the door and fired five shots, fatally wounding Williams, authorities say.
Cook’s family offered their condolences to the victim’s relatives, KSL reports.
“No words can express our sorrow over the loss of your daughter, Lisa Vilate Williams. She brought great joy to Travis Cook and his children, and her light and beauty will never be forgotten or replaced,” Cook’s aunt Kimberly Jensen said.
In her Facebook post, Tawny Williams pleaded that individuals attacking Cook invest their time honoring her daughter rather than acknowledging her accused killer.
“Please share the beauty of her life rather than the monster that ripped her from ours,” she wrote.
A GoFundMe page was created to support Williams’ memory.