Woman fatally shoots ex-husband's girlfriend who was decorating a Christmas tree with her twin sons
Lisa Vilate Williams' mother Tawny Williams revealed that her sweet, generous, loving, daughter was murdered while decorating a Christmas tree with her boyfriend's kids.
Lisa Vilate Williams, who was decorating a Christmas tree with the twin sons of her boyfriend, was allegedly shot dead by the sons’ mother and boyfriend’s ex-wife Chelsea Watrous Cook. The victim’s mother Tawny Williams has opened about the heartbreaking incident in a post, where she revealed that her “sweet, generous, loving,” daughter was murdered "while decorating a Christmas tree with homemade ornaments she was making with the kids (3-year-old twins).”
The mourning mother said in the post that Lisa brought joy and excitement to every aspect of life and that she wanted her daughter to be remembered by the beautiful life she lived instead of her final gruesome moments. “Please share the beauty of her life rather than the monster that ripped her from ours. She was magic, and I want her remembered for how she lived and not for how she was killed,” Tawny said.
A GoFundMe page has been established in Lisa’s name requesting people to chip in for her funeral. The page reads, “She was ripped from our lives so suddenly and senselessly when she was murdered by her boyfriend’s jealous ex-wife. She was spending the evening with her boyfriend’s adoring twins and making homemade ornaments for the holiday season when she was taken from us. She loved bigger than anyone I know. Our beautiful little sister, daughter, and friend, you are so very loved and missed immensely.” The GoFundMe campaign has already amassed more than its target amount of $15,000.
An affidavit obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune reveals that Cook, who taught health and yoga at Skyridge High School in Lehi, was asked to leave by her ex-husband – who was out in the parking lot - as soon as she entered his property in Midvale apartment, but she refused to leave. She had claimed that she wanted to give cold medicine to one of her children but proceeded to lock herself in the washroom and dialed 911.
She then went out of the bathroom and walked to collect her coat, which led her ex-husband to believe she was leaving. Instead, she proceeded to procure a gun and shoot at Lisa, which resulted in her death. “[Cook] then suddenly pulled out a handgun and fired three to five rounds at the victim,” police wrote in jail documents. “The victim fell back and landed on the couch.”
According to Fox13 Salt Lake City, Cook was booked into jail on one count of aggravated murder after the shooting, which occurred just before 7 pm on Sunday, November 25. 26-year-old Lisa’s body was found in the residence with at least two gunshot wounds to her torso, while her boyfriend was seen pinning Cook against a wall. Reportedly, she tried to leave while he was tending to Lisa.
Cook is currently also facing domestic violence charges in a Herriman justice court related to an October 16 incident.
Support is available 24/7 in Utah for those dealing with domestic violence. Visit the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition online or call 1-800-897-5465 for resources and assistance. In an emergency, dial 911.