Chippewa Falls community shows support for Lily Peters | Finance

CHIPPEWA FALLS (WQOW) – It’s a tragic time in the Chippewa Valley, but as people grapple with their grief, people are also looking to honor Lily Peters’ life and support her family.

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In front of Parkview Elementary where Lily went to see her classmates and community members began filling out a memorial in front of the building. The memorial now has purple flowers, stuffed animals and signs calling for justice for Lily.

Less than half a mile down the road from Jefferson Avenue is another memorial in his honor. This memorial faces Duncan Creek, near where his body was found Monday morning. Chelsea Torgerson of Chippewa Falls and her daughter Ava hung a drawing on the site.

“I grew up in this town. I’ve lived here pretty much since I was in kindergarten and I’ve always felt safe,” Torgenson said. “I know these things happen all over the world every day, but this is way too close to home.”

Torgerson worked with Lily’s mother and Ava attends the same school as her. Although they didn’t know Lily well, they still feel the impact of her loss.

When asked if she was playing with Lily, Ava replied “no, I feel really bad”.

It’s not just classmates who remember Lily. In the city center, people were hanging purple ribbons from lampposts and some businesses have recently put up purple flowers.

Chippewa Falls Main Street led the effort, and its manager Terri Ouimette said the whole situation was horrific.

“We’re a small town, a small, tight-knit community. I’ve had so many people calling me, ‘what can we do? What can we do?’ and what can we do? We don’t know what we can do,” Ouimette said. “But we will show the unity of our community by putting up purple ribbons.”

She also hopes that this gesture will serve as a healing experience for people.

“I hope that somehow there will be some kind of closure and I know the police department is doing a great job in what they are doing to try to understand this and I have all confidence in them,” said Ouimette.

Many people continue to show their support. Around downtown on Tuesday, several businesses had “Justice for Lily” signs or purple balloons. There was also chalk art in front of people’s houses.

The Chippewa store is also selling stickers that say “Justice for Lily” with the funds going to support her family.

A GoFundMe has been created to raise funds. News 18 spoke with the organizer, a close family friend of Lily, who said all the money will go to Lily’s father and grandmother. This will help offset the cost of the funeral and may fund future memorials for Lily.

The organizer also said that she had set up a memorial fund at the Royal Credit Union called the “Lily Peters Memorial Fund”. You can donate at any branch in the Chippewa Valley.

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