Following their mother’s murder, a memorial fund has been established for Melissa Hansen’s three children, which are 19, 17, and 11-years old.

Hansen, 42, was killed Sunday in an apartment in the 4000 block of Erie on Sunday. Police do not have a suspect in custody at this time.

“This past weekend on March 8th, my beautiful step-daughter Melissa Hansen (nee Schweitzer) had her life unexpectedly taken from us. One of her sisters and her mom found her on the floor of her apartment. We are all devastated by our loss of her and will miss her greatly,” wrote Gary Matthies.

A number of relatives, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances have already donated $4,500. Matthies wrote that the family is “still numb with shock” and they are “struggling to accept this tragedy.”

In her obituary at Marsh, Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home, she is remembered as intelligent and talented with a big heart.

“An intelligent young woman, Melissa will be fondly remembered for her huge heart and willingness to help others in need. She will be dearly missed,” it reads.

Racine Police are asking the community for any information.

Crime Stoppers promises anonymity to callers; the person who answers the phone will not ask for any names, just information. Call (262) 636-9330 or text RACS plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D.‪#‎TIP417‬ with your text message.


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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.