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UPDATE: Homicide victim's mom reflects on daughter's life


UPDATED Friday, June 14, 2013 --- 9:20pm

Julia Majette and her family lived in a home on N. Thompson Drive, the same home where,two days ago, Majette was killed.

Police say two men entered the home, then shot Majette and her husband, who is identified by family as Daunte Vance. Vance survived, but Majette died at the scene; a scene some of Majette's young kids witnessed.

Tracey Cherry, Majette's mom, tells NBC 15 her daughter had big plans for the future. She says Majette was just accepted into the Odyssey Project. The program allows low-income adults to receive free college credit with UW Madison. Majette wanted to go back to school so could be a nurse. She also wanted to follow in her mom's footsteps. Cherry just graduated from Odyssey. She recalls the joyous occasion spent with her daughter.

"She gave me a big hug and a kiss and told me that she was proud of me and she wanted me to keep going on to continue my education” says Cherry.

Police believe the shooting was targeted, but don't yet have a motive.

Meanwhile, two suspects still remain on the loose. Cherry has this to say to her daughter's killer(s).

"I hope that you will come to the light and turn yourself in because my daughter and son-in-law hasn't done anything. And thank God you didn't do anything to my grand kids. And I just want you to know that ya'll are very wrong. And I hope ya'll feel guilty on the inside and turn yourselves in and in the long run, God will take care of you” says Cherry.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------UPDATED Friday, June 14, 2013 --- 3:26 p.m.

The Dane Co. Medical Examiner has identified the woman killed in a homicide Wednesday in Madison as 25-year-old Julia Stacey Majette.

Autopsy results show that she died from firearm injuries.

Additional testing is underway.

Madison Police say her husband, who was injured in Wednesday's shooting, is now talking with investigators.

The husband is identified as Daunte Vance by family members.

Police cannot provide details on what he is saying at this time.

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UPDATED Thursday, June 13, 2013--6:20p.m.

MADISON--"I seen them carry out somebody and that just broke my heart," said Sharon Fedele, talking about the terrifying scene on North Thompson Drive Wednesday night. When we spoke with her on Thursday, she still couldn't believe what had happened.
"It's sad, I mean I am still trembling," said Fedele, a neighbor.

Police say two men entered the house in the 700 block around eight last night and at least one of them shot the husband and wife who live there. The woman died on scene and the man was taken to a hospital with multiple gun shot wounds, though none of them are thought to be life-threatening. "At this point it appears to be murder, attempted murder," said Joel DeSpain, the public information officer for the Madison Police Department. "We do believe that this was a targeted act of violence. That's not to say that there isn't a general danger because we do have at least two homicide suspects somewhere in this community or perhaps they've left the community, but again they are at large, at least one of them had a gun when they went into this residence last night."

Police weren't able to comment on the relationship between the men and the couple--or why they were targeted. And the injured husband is refusing to give them any information. "I guess that would all be speculation as to why he doesn't want to help us out," said DeSpain. "But again, he would have the best ability to provide us good descriptions of the people who came into the home and perhaps provide us with some potential motive as to why someone would want to come in and fire at least one gun inside his residence."

We're told the couple has three young kids, all under the age of seven.
We're told they were home at the time and a couple of them witnessed the shootings. We're told the children are now in a safe place and are helping police piece together a description of the men who entered their home Wednesday night.

Again, police are still searching for the two men involved.
If you have any information, please contact police or the Madison Area Crime Stoppers.

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UPDATED Thursday, June 13, 2013 --- 11:13 a.m.

Madison Police are looking for two men after a homicide on the city's east side.

Officers say the men entered a home in the 700 block of N. Thompson Dr. Wednesday night and shot a woman. She died at the scene.

Police say the men also tried to kill the woman's husband. The husband was injured, and officers say he is not cooperating with the investigation. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds, but his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

Right now the relationship between the shooters and the victims is unknown. But, police believe this is a targeted crime.

Three children were in the home at the time of the crime. They are in a safe place, and speaking with officers.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call Madison Police.

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UPDATED Thursday, June 13, 2013 --- 9:17 a.m.

Madison Police plan to release more information on the investigation into Wednesday's shooting that left a woman dead and another person injured.

Officers say they are currently investigating the case as a homicide and attempted homicide.

Be sure to stay with NBC15 News online and on air throughout the day for more information on this developing story.

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UPDATED Thursday, June 13, 2013 --- 5:45 a.m.

Madison -- The Madison Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday night.

Police responded to the report of shots fired around 7:50pm. Upon arrival they located two individuals who were injured.

An adult woman died from gunshot wounds suffered at the scene. An adult male was transported to a hospital with gunshot wounds. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police say this shooting does not appear to have been a random crime and they have not identified any suspects.

More information is expected to be released Thursday.
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Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2013 --- 9:00 p.m.

Madison -- Authorities say at least two were shot Wednesday night on Madison's east side.

The Dane County Communications Center says it happened around 7:50 p.m. on the 700 block of N. Thompson Drive.

Madison police are investigating and are using a large amount of resources.


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