Lily Peters live updates: Police announce juvenile suspect arrested in connection to homicide.
On Monday, 10-year-old Iliana Peters, also known as Lily, was found dead near a walking trail in downtown Chippewa Falls. Police are investigating her death as a homicide and on Tuesday evening announced that a juvenile has been arrested.
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Police announce juvenile arrested in connection to homicide
Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm announced officers arrested a juvenile in connection with the homicide of Lily Peters.
Kelm said the juvenile is known to the victim and he believes there is no longer any danger to the public.
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– Elliot Hughees
Parkview Elementary School becomes site of makeshift memorial
A fence near Parkview Elementary School was lined with flowers, balloons, stuffed animals and other items left as part of a makeshift memorial to Iliana “Lily” Peters.
Tiffany Thompson and her stepdaughter, Lexy Frank, 8, stopped by the memorial as school let out Tuesday afternoon. The last few days haven’t been easy, Thompson said, but have shown how the community can come together.“As long as we can show as much support and love to them and keep them informed of how to stay safe in the community right now is most important,” she said.
Thompson was concerned about how her stepdaughter would handle the situation, but leaving a few items, including a stuffed unicorn and a drawing, at the memorial seemed to help.“We didn’t know how she would take it, but she’s being very strong and she wants to support Lily as much as she can,” she said.
As students climbed onto buses outside the school, Thompson described the memorial as the place “where we can show our support right now.”
“Honestly, it makes us feel really warm inside,” she said. “The fact that the community comes together and does things like this for a child in our community is very special.”
– Christopher Mueller