Days After Wedding, North Dakota Military Veteran Was Murdered by Ex
Star Tribune (Minnesota) reports that this past Friday, a woman named Lauri Deatherage's life was taken when her ex-husband allegedly shot her in her home. After she was murdered, there was a 10-hour standoff between the alleged assailant and the police. This tragedy happened less than a week after Lauri had gotten married and was making plans to move to Arkansas with her new husband.
Lauri's new husband, Billy Deatherage told Star Tribune that he met her over 30 years ago when they were both stationed at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, but they did not reconnect until about four years ago. He stated that Lauri spent her post-military life doing things like modeling, designing costumes for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and generally impacting people in a positive manner.
So, why would her ex-husband so brutally steal her life away (allegedly)? Star Tribune does not have information on Lauri and her ex, other than the fact that she filed for divorce about three years ago. The website also did not disclose the name of the alleged murderer. But, as long as the information, in this case, stays public, we will surely get a little more insight into the events leading up to Lauri's murder.
Even though we can only speculate about Lauri's situation, she is just one of the millions of women who are affected by intimate partner violence. According to Hope Rising, millions of women experience intimate partner violence at some point in their lives and "3 women are murdered every day by a current or former male partner in the U.S."