A high school teacher in Utah reportedly shot and killed her ex-husband’s girlfriend as she decorated the Christmas tree with the teacher’s 3-year-old twin children.
In a Facebook post, the victim’s mother, Tawny Williams, wrote that Lisa Williams, 26, was hanging homemade ornaments she made with the two toddlers when her boyfriend’s ex-wife, Chelsea Cook, 32, fatally shot her.
“She was so kind, sweet, generous, loving, and brought joy and excitement to every aspect of life. Please share the beauty of her life rather than the monster that ripped her from ours,” the slain woman’s mother wrote.
KUTV previously reported that police said Chelsea Cook, 32, fatally shot Lisa Williams at her ex-husband’s apartment Sunday evening. Travis Cook said Chelsea Cook came to the apartment to give one of their children cold medicine. Travis Cook was in the parking lot when she reportedly entered the residence; police said she was told to leave but refused.
Travis Cook called police when his ex-wife allegedly locked herself in the bathroom. At some point, she exited the bathroom and appeared to be grabbing her coat to leave when she presented a gun and shot three to five times at Lisa Wiliams, according to the news outlet.
Travis Cook claimed he and his ex-wife’s two toddler children witnessed the entire ordeal—including Williams falling back on the couch after being mortally wounded. Though she attempted to flee, documents stated that Travis Cook took the gun from her and pinned her down until police arrived.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Lisa Williams was struck twice in the torso and died at the hospital. Chelsea Cook was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated murder.
Lisa Williams’ mother and sister recently told The Associated Press that she feared the woman who ultimately killed her. The high school teacher allegedly relentlessly harassed Lisa Williams on and offline in the months leading up to the shooting. Additionally, Bekah Williams said Chelsea Cook would call from the high school she worked at to torment her sister.
“I worried for her safety every day,” the victim’s mother said.
Reports indicated that Chelsea Cook was a health teacher at Skyridge High School. Her staff page has been removed from the high school’s website since Sunday’s shooting.
My beautiful Lisa, she was murdered while decorating a Christmas tree with the homemade ornaments she was making with…
[Featured image: Lisa Williams/Facebook]