Shooting victims were recent graduates, high school students
CRANDON, Wis. — The victims of an off-duty deputy’s shooting spree were students or graduates of Crandon High School, and had gathered for pizza and movies on homecoming weekend.
One was an animal rights activist who had just started high school. Another dreamed of entering law enforcement himself.
Here is a look at their lives:
Bradley Schultz, 20, was a third-year criminal justice major at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He wanted to be a homicide detective, said his aunt, Rose Gerow.
Another aunt, Sharon Pisarek, said Schultz had been home from college visiting his friends and died trying to protect one.
"We still don’t have many details, but from what they’ve told us, there was a girl next to him and he was covering her, protecting her," she said, sobbing. "He was loved by everybody. He was everybody’s son."
Schultz’s mother, Diane Schultz, is blind and a single parent who raised three sons, Gerow said. Bradley was the middle child with 15- and 22-year-old brothers.
Gerow said the family was devastated by his death.
"He was just a good boy," she said.
Lindsey Stahl’s mother let her daughter sleep over at a friend’s house Saturday night — it was homecoming weekend.
The 14-year-old, a freshman and the youngest of the victims, was a vegetarian, said her mother, Jenny Stahl, 39.
"She didn’t eat meat," Stahl said. "That is what a lot of people know her for. She was an animal rights activist."
She also was interested in global warming, said her half brother, Ryan Coulter, 12. "She probably would have changed the world, you know," he told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
The family moved to northern Wisconsin about 10 years ago from Kenosha, in the southeastern part of the state.
Ashley Sheldon, 14, had been friends with Lindsey since preschool. She described her as a good friend who often helped her out.
"I will just remember her smile all the time," Ashley said.
Jordanne Murray loved children and hoped to be a daycare provider, said Sally Maxon, whose daughter had been best friends with her since kindergarten.
"She’s a very, very wonderful person, the nicest girl you’d ever want to meet," Maxon said.
Murray, 18, was a good writer who had played sports in high school. Next August, she was supposed to stand up in Maxon’s daughter’s wedding, along with Bradley Schultz.
Aaron Smith was a happy-go-lucky guy, who embraced his nickname "Chunk," said Derek Dehart, who went to high school with him.
"You almost never saw him without a smile," he said.
Smith, 20, and Bradley Schultz played on the football team with Dehart and helped the team to its first-ever playoff win their senior year, he said.
"He always joked around and had a good time, and even when he got mad, you knew he would never hurt a fly," Dehart said.
Smith certainly was "a big guy with big muscles," said Sjana Farr, whose husband is the pastor at Praise Chapel Community Church. But she and her husband called him "Spanky," because he reminded them of the character from "The Little Rascals" movies.
His parents wanted him to work at their insurance company, but he didn’t want to, Farr said. Instead, Smith usually worked construction jobs because he was so muscular.
Smith was at their house every day and like a son, Farr said. He even stood up in their son’s wedding.
"It’s extremely hard to know that Aaron’s gone," she said, crying.
Leanna Thomas, 18, sang with her identical twin, Lindsey, in the church choir, their voices merging beautifully, Sjana Farr said.
"You could feel the buzz of their tone because their voices were so much connected to each other," Farr said. "It was beautiful to hear them sing."
The twins were in band and theater and played volleyball, baseball and basketball together. They were lively and artistic and made people around them feel good, Farr said.
"When they walked into a room, they made every kid and every adult feel like they were worth something," she said.
Farr said she became close with Leanna because she too is an identical twin. She would try to talk to the girls about what it meant to be a twin.
"Now I’m really concerned about her being left alone," she said of Lindsey. "Those two were inseparable. I could hardly tell them apart."
Katrina McCorkle, 18, was a senior. A former boyfriend said she and Murray were longtime friends. McCorkle loved playing softball and had been thinking about what college she might attend, he said, adding that "her family meant everything to her."
Charlie Neitzel, 21, who was injured in the shooting, was a goofy guy and a good friend of Aaron Smith’s, said Dehart, who went to high school with him. The two always went to parties together, he said.
"He was always able to make somebody laugh," he said.