Double murder prompts calls for domestic violence awareness
The victims' family members spoke Sunday about the need for greater domestic violence awareness.
Jillian Wood's twin sister Jocelyn Wood
A relative hugs Jocelyn Wood.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The family of a mother and daughter who were murdered at a Louisville condominium complex is making a plea to the public to stand against domestic violence.
Louisville Metro Police say Gary Stewart killed his ex-girlfriend Jillian Wood and their 8-year-old daughter Shelbi on Wednesday at the Lakeview Condominiums off Gardiner Lane. Stewart also shot and wounded his mother before fatally shooting himself.
The Wood family says Stewart was mentally ill. They are urging others to get the help they need before it's too late.
LMPD Officer Jim Wood, a 22-year veteran of the force, is Jillian Wood's uncle. He said the murders have driven him to make a push for greater domestic violence awareness. "If it is you and you are feeling this anger and anxiety, whatever that's bringing you to this hopelessness," Wood said, "reach out to somebody and make them aware."
On Sunday, the Wood family sported purple ribbons for domestic violence awareness. They were topped with smaller pink ribbons representing Shelbi Stewart.
"My niece is gone, my niece is gone. My sister's gone," cried Jillian's twin sister Jocelyn Wood, who added she wants other to pay close attention to the warning signs of domestic violence. "I didn't do something, and I have to live with that."