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Dozens of people gather at a vigil in Hartland for six victims, displaced survivors

Just after 5 a.m. last Friday, October 20, authorities responded to an apartment building of four families on fire. It happened near Oxford Drive and Mansfield Court. Police told WISN 12 News they discovered six bodies inside the burning building. “You’re just desperate, because you’re not preparing for something like this,” village president Jeffrey Pfannerstill said. Police said Jessica McKisick, her 12- and 14-year-old daughters and three-year-old twins. were found inside with a single gunshot wound. Police say Connor McKisick was also found dead inside with a single gunshot wound that appeared to be self-inflicted. “I was on a walk and I could smell it and I knew it was really bad. I walk early in the morning. Horrible,” Marlene Millevolte said. The tragedy affects even the youngest of Hartland. “I teach young students at my studio here in town and they’d come home from school after school, like, ‘what’s being done, why isn’t anything being done? ‘” Millevolte said. A week after the tragedy, Millevolte, with the help of Pfannerstill and St. Charles Catholic Church, held a vigil in Nixon Park. Dozens of community members gathered to pray, sing and cry. “Just come together, show some hope, be a community and love one another. Let these people know that we have their back and we’re not going to let them down, even if they have We’re like one big family,” Pfannerstill said. Three families who lived in the apartment building were displaced by the fire. Pfannerstill said anyone who wants to help can donate to the village of Hartland, which ‘they will distribute equally among the survivors.

Just after 5 a.m. last Friday, October 20, authorities responded to an apartment building of four families on fire. It happened near Oxford Drive and Mansfield Court.

Police told WISN 12 News they discovered six bodies inside the burning building.

“You’re just desperate, because you’re not preparing for something like this,” village president Jeffrey Pfannerstill said.

Police say Jessica McKisick, her 12- and 14-year-old daughters and three-year-old twins were found inside with a single gunshot wound.

Police say Connor McKisick was also found dead inside with a single gunshot wound that appeared to be self-inflicted.

“I was on a walk and I could smell it and I knew it was really bad. I walk early in the morning. Horrible,” Marlene Millevolte said.

The tragedy affects even the youngest of Hartland.

“I teach young students at my studio here in town and they’d come home from school after school, like, ‘What’s happening, why isn’t anything getting done? ‘” Millevolte said.

A week after the tragedy, Millevolte, with the help of Pfannerstill and St. Charles Catholic Church, held a vigil in Nixon Park. Dozens of community members gathered to pray, sing and cry.

“Come together, show some hope, form a community and love one another. Let these people know that we have their back and that we are not going to let them down, even if they have been displaced. We’re like one big family,” Pfannerstill said.

Three families who lived in the building were displaced by the fire. Pfannerstill said anyone wishing to help them can make donations to Hartland Village, which they will distribute equally among survivors.


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