Wisconsin community wears purple in tribute to slain boy


The small town of Sheboygan Falls is paying tribute to an 8-year-old boy who died after police say he was beaten by his mother. Oliver Hitchcock died two days after being found unconscious in his family’s apartment. The second-year student’s favorite color was purple. On Monday, community members wore purple in tribute to Oliver. “I didn’t want to believe it at first in our little town, but these things are happening here too, I guess,” Barb Graf said. to want to participate together and show our community that we are here for them,” said Savannah Smogoleski. She said her daughter wore a purple shirt, purple pants and a purple tie to school. This was in response to social media posts from groups like the City of Sheboygan Falls Fire Department that had people in the tight-knit town wearing purple. I don’t know Oliver or his family. She said she wore purple for s how her support. “I keep them in my thoughts and prayers,” Graf told WISN 12. According to a GoFundMe page, Oliver’s uncle said the young boy had donated his organs to four pending recipients. A vigil is being prepared for Sunday night. “The initial response I can tell was due to strangulation,” Police Chief Eric Miller said Saturday. Prosecutors expect to charge Oliver’s mother with first-degree intentional homicide and attempted homicide. “, Miller said. “The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department is the lead agency on this.” Police did not release her name. She was hospitalized with self-inflicted injuries, but has since been released to Sheboygan County Jail.

The small town of Sheboygan Falls is paying tribute to an 8-year-old boy who died after police say he was beaten by his mother.

Oliver Hitchcock died two days after being found unconscious in his family’s apartment.

The second year student’s favorite color was purple.

On Monday, community members wore purple in tribute to Oliver.

“I didn’t want to believe it at first in our little town, but these things are happening here too, I guess,” Barb Graf said.

“We just wanted to come together and show our community that we’re here for them,” Savannah Smogoleski said.

She said her daughter wore a purple shirt, purple pants and a purple tie to school.

This was in response to social media posts from groups like the City of Sheboygan Falls Fire Department that had tight-knit townspeople dressed in purple.

“We have tough days ahead for our families, our students, our staff,” said school superintendent Annalee Bennin.

Graf said she didn’t know Oliver or his family.

She said she wore purple to show her support.

“I keep them in my thoughts and prayers,” Graf told WISN 12.

According to a GoFundMe page, Oliver’s uncle said the young boy had donated his organs to four waiting recipients.

A vigil is being prepared on Sunday evening.

“The initial response I can tell was due to strangulation,” Police Chief Eric Miller said Saturday.

Prosecutors expect to charge Oliver’s mother with first-degree intentional homicide and attempted homicide.

“Count 2 is something that came to light in the investigative process,” Miller said. “The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department is the lead agency on this.”

The police did not release his name.

She was hospitalized with self-inflicted injuries, but has since been released to Sheboygan County Jail.


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