UPDATE: Menasha police release report on fatal bridge shooting

UPDATED Thursday, June 11, 2015---12:37 p.m.

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) -- Menasha police have released a report on the shooting that resulted in four deaths on a recreational bridge which says the shooter had a long history of depression, alcohol dependency, suicidal and sometimes homicidal thoughts.

Investigators say Sergio Valencia del Toro was intoxicated when he fatally shot two men and a child on the bridge before taking his own life May 3.

The report cites del Toro's behavioral health history which showed that while in the Air Force he had either sought or had been ordered to a number of behavioral health interventions. The report says in October 2010, he had gone to an emergency walk-in clinic because he was concerned about the intensity of his mood swings.

Authorities say del Toro killed Jon Stoffel, his 11-year-old daughter Olivia and Adam Bentdahl. Stoffel' wife, Erin, was injured.

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UPDATED Monday, June 1, 2015---8:13 a.m.

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) -- Hundreds of people united on a pedestrian bridge in Menasha in a show of unity for a community recovering from a random fatal shooting.

Residents gathered on both sides of the Fox Cities Trestle Trail bridge Sunday evening and walked to the middle where they joined hands during an event that organizers called "Hands Over the Fox."

WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1d94mPT ) reports Town of Menasha Chairman Dale Youngquist told the invited the crowd to "unite to reclaim the Trestle Trail" for the community.

Four weeks have passed since a gunman, Sergio Valencia del Toro, opened fire on the bridge, killing Jon Stoffel, his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia and another man, Adam Bentdahl, before killing himself. Stoffel's wife, Erin, was also shot and survived.

Bentdahl's mother, Nancy, says she's grateful for the healing the event provided. She says it's what her son would have wanted.

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 19, 2015---5:55 p.m.

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) -- A mother who survived the May 3 shooting on a Menasha park bridge says she has a long road ahead, but she's grateful for the support she's received.

Erin Stoffel led two of her children to safety but was shot three times. WTMJ-TV reports she's in good condition at a Neenah hospital.

Her husband, Jon, and 11-year-old daughter, Olivia, were killed. Another man, Adam Bentdahl, was also fatally shot by Sergio Valencia del Toro, who took his own life.

Stoffel's statement was released Tuesday by her surgeon.

She says Jon was an incredible husband and father and Olivia had a heart of gold. She says: "I miss them so much and the pain is deep."

She says she'll be strong for her surviving children.

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 19, 2015---12:08 p.m.

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities are finishing up an investigation into the background and mental health history of a gunman who killed three people and wounded another before taking his own life during a random shooting on a bridge in eastern Wisconsin.

A spokesman with the Menasha Police Department says investigators are looking in every direction in an attempt to put a picture of what happened together. He tells Post-Crescent Media that the mental condition of 27-year-old Sergio Valencia del Toro of Menasha is being closely examined by police.

Valencia del Toro's fiancee has told investigators that he had been suffering from "major depression" and irrational behavior in the days leading up to the May 3 shooting on the Trestle Trail bridge.

Jon Stoffel, his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia, and Adam Bentdahl were killed.

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 19, 2015---9:34 a.m.

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) -- The mother who survived a shooting on a Menasha bridge that took the lives of her husband and daughter is expressing gratitude for the support she's received.

Erin Stoffel remains hospitalized at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah where she has issued her first public statement since the shooting on the Fox Cities Trestle Trail bridge May 3. The 32-year-old mother suffered several gunshot wounds and led two of her three children off the bridge. Her 11-year-old daughter, Olivia, and her husband, Jon, were killed by gunman Sergio Valencia del Toro, who killed himself. Adam Bentdahl was also fatally shot.

Erin Stoffel says she looks forward to joining her children at home soon. She says Jon was an incredible husband and father and her daughter had a heart of gold.

Erin provided the following statement through her surgeon, which is being released by Theda Clark Medical Center:

"I am grateful to my friends, family and the community for their outpouring of support and prayers to me and my children. I have a long road ahead of me, but my doctors say I am making progress. It is still hard.

Jon was such an incredible husband and father. I was so honored God chose me to be his wife. He taught me so much and was so selfless, loving and funny. I could go on and on. Olivia was the most sweetest, dear daughter. She had a heart of gold and loved her family and close friends. I miss them so much and the pain is deep.

However, I cherish my visits in the hospital with Ezra and Selah and, with the help of God, will be strong for them. I look forward to joining them at home soon."

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UPDATED Monday, May 18, 2015---8:19 a.m.

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) -- A gathering meant to help a Wisconsin community move on from a fatal shooting on a trail bridge has been postponed amid a potential for severe weather.

Post-Crescent Media reports the Hands Over the Fox event was scheduled for Sunday, but was postponed to May 31. The event is set to take place in Menasha on the Fox Cities Trestle Trail bridge, where police say a gunman killed three people and wounded a fourth before killing himself on May 3.

Sara Montonati, a member of the committee organizing the event, says they didn't want to take any chances with the weather.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 --- 12:37 p.m.

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) -- Relatives, friends and others will pay their respects to the family of the father and young daughter fatally shot on a recreational trail bridge in Menasha.

A visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Calvary Bible Church in Neenah for Jonathan Stoffel and 11-year-old Olivia. The two were killed May 3 along with Adam Bentdahl in a random shooting by a man who killed himself. Visitation is also scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the church Thursday. The funeral is at 6:30 p.m.

Stoffel's wife, Erin, remains hospitalized at Theda Clark Medical Center. She was shot three times on the bridge. Hospital spokeswoman Megan Mulholland says Erin Stoffel is in good condition Wednesday and may be able to attend the funeral.

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UPDATED: Friday, May 8, 2015 --- 10:38 a.m.

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) -- Funeral services are set for a father and daughter killed in Sunday night's shootings on the Fox Cities Trestle Trail Bridge in Menasha.

Visitation for 33-year-old Jonathan Stoffel and his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia, will be held Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Calvary Bible Church in Neenah. Funeral services will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Thirty-two-year-old Erin Stoffel was shot three times but survived. Theda Clark Medical Center spokeswoman Megan Mulholland tells Post-Crescent Media that Stoffel was upgraded to fair condition Friday.

Also killed was 31-year-old Adam Bentdahl, of Appleton.

Police say the gunman, 27-year-old Sergio Valencia del Toro, of Menasha, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Several hundred community members gathered near the bridge Thursday night to pray for the victims.

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UPDATED Thursday, May 7, 2015---10:44 a.m.

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) -- Fox Valley residents are returning to the Menasha bridge where a gunman killed three people and wounded a fourth on Sunday before killing himself.

Many have left memorials to the victims on the bridge. Flowers, stuffed animals and prayers have been left at a pavilion not far from where the violence took place.

Thursday evening the community will come together for a prayer service on the Trestle Trail bridge. It will be led by the pastor of a family that lost two members in the shooting. Jonathan Stoffel and his 11-year-old daughter were killed. Stoffel's wife Erin was wounded and is recovering in the hospital. Adam Bentdahl was also randomly killed by the gunman, Sergio Valencia del Toro, who killed himself.

The Menasha service on this National Day of Prayer begins at 5:30 p.m.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 --- 3:52 p.m.

MENASHA, Wis.--- Autopsy results reveal Jonathan Stoffel was shot seven times, Erin and Olivia Stoffel were each shot three times and Adam Bentdahl was shot once, according to a joint release from the City of Menasha Police Department and the Winnebago County Coroner's Office.

The shooter, Sergio Valencia del Toro, died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the release sent out Wednesday afternoon.

Officials said Erin Stoffel's condition continues to improve.

Menasha police say Valencia del Toro fought with his ex-fiancee Sunday before grabbing two handguns and riding his bike to the Trestle Trail bridge over Little Lake Butte des Morts in Menasha. The 27-year-old gunman opened fire on the bridge, killing Jonathan Stoffel and his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia, along with Adam Bentdahl.
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UPDATED Wednesday, May 6, 2015---8:04 a.m.

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) -- The girlfriend of a man who shot four people on an eastern Wisconsin bridge before taking his own life says he was irrational and suffered from depression.

Twenty-four-year-old Haylie Peterson tells Post-Crescent Media she had expressed concern to Sergio Valencia del Toro about his depression before she left their Menasha house Sunday evening. Peterson says she left because they needed time to process their emotions.

Police say the couple had argued before Valencia del Toro headed to the Fox Cities Trestle Trail bridge and fatally shot Jon Stoffel, his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia, and Adam Bentdahl.

Stoffel's wife, Erin, was wounded in the shooting and is hospitalized in serious condition.

Petersen says when she returned home that evening Valencia del Toro was gone and weapons were missing from the house.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 --- 4:06 p.m.

MADISON, Wis.--- Officials from the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office released 911 calls related to the shooting at Trestle Trail.

Jonathan Stoffel, his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia Stoffel, and Adam Bentdahl were killed when Sergio Daniel Valencia del Toro opened fire along the path in Menasha Sunday. Jonathan Stoffel's wife, Erin, was wounded. The couple's two other small children survived unharmed. Del Toro killed himself.
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UPDATED Tuesday, May 5, 2015---2:58 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Doctors have upgraded the condition of a woman hospitalized after a random shooting in eastern Wisconsin that left her husband, daughter and another man dead.

Theda Clark Medical Center spokeswoman Megan Mulholland says 32-year-old Erin Stoffel was upgraded from critical to serious condition Tuesday.

Menasha police say Sergio Daniel Valencia del Toro fought with his ex-fiancee Sunday before grabbing two handguns and riding his bike to the Trestle Trail bridge over Little Lake Butte des Morts in Menasha. Valencia del Toro opened fire on the bridge, killing Jonathan Stoffel and his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia, along with Adam Bentdahl.

Del Toro then shot himself. He died at a hospital.

WLUK-TV reports officials say the trail and park reopened Tuesday.

Menasha is about 30 miles south of Green Bay.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 --- 9:29 a.m.

MADISON, Wis.-- The woman who survived a shooting that left four dead on a Menasha recreational trail bridge is awake and conscious, according to an update on the family's GoFundMe page.

Erin Stoffel is communicating by writing on a dry erase board and said her husband's last words to her after he was shot were, "forgive the shooter," according to the GoFundMe page.

Jonathan Stoffel, his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia Stoffel, and Adam Bentdahl were killed when Sergio Daniel Valencia del Toro opened fire along the path in Menasha Sunday.

The couple's two other small children survived unharmed. Del Toro killed himself.

Stoffel Family GoFundMe Page
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UPDATED: Monday, May 4, 2015 --- 4:42 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The family of a man killed after a gunman opened fire on a bike trail in an eastern Wisconsin city says he was a gentle person.

Thirty-one-year-old Adam Bentdahl of Appleton was killed on Sunday after police say military veteran Sergio Daniel Valencia del Toro opened fire on the path in Menasha. Jonathan Stoffel of Neenah and his 11-year-old daughter Olivia were killed, too. Stoffel's wife, Erin, was wounded before del Toro killed himself. Police said del Toro was apparently upset over an argument with his ex-fiancee.

Bentdahl's family said in a statement Monday they are saddened by his senseless death. They said he was a kind and gentle person with a bright personality. They added they're praying for the Stoffel family as well as del Toro.

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UPDATED Monday, May 4, 2015---3:43 p.m.

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) -- Family and friends of a Neenah family who lost two members when a university student opened fire along a Wisconsin bike trail are mourning at a church.

Jonathan Stoffel, his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia Stoffel, and Adam Bentdahl all were killed when Sergio Daniel Valencia del Toro opened fire along the path in Menasha Sunday. Jonathan Stoffel's wife, Erin, was wounded. The couple's two other small children survived unharmed. Del Toro killed himself.

More than 100 people gathered Monday at Calvary Bible Church in Neenah. Olivia attended fifth grade at a school attached to the church. Her friend, 10-year-old Grace Demerath, cried and asked why Olivia had to die.

Erin Stoffel's friend, Tati Schroth, said the Stoffels were warm and genuine. She says she's in a state of disbelief.

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UPDATED Monday, May 4, 2015---2:35 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A relative of the man and girl who died when a university student opened fire along a biking trail in an eastern Wisconsin city says the family loved the outdoors.

Jonathan Stoffel, his 11-year-old daughter Olivia, and 31-year-old Adam Bentdahl were killed when Sergio Daniel Valencia del Toro opened fire along the path Sunday. Jonathan Stoffel's wife, Erin, was wounded. The couple's two other small children survived unharmed. Del Toro killed himself.

Jim Campbell is Erin Stoffel's brother. He says Jonathan Stoffel loved the outdoors and the family enjoyed fishing, camping and hiking together. He described Olivia as very smart, saying she loved to observe nature.

Campbell said no one needs a gun. He implored people to stop praying for an end to gun violence and take action.

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UPDATED Monday, May 4, 2015---11:36 a.m.

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) -- Police have revealed more about what may have motivated a gunman to shoot four strangers before killing himself on a recreational bridge in Menasha.

The city's police chief, Tim Styka identified the dead Monday as 33-year-old Jonathan Stoffel, of Neenah, his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia Stoffel, and 31-year-old Adam Bentdahl of Appleton. Stoffel's wife, Erin, was shot three times, but survived and is hospitalized in critical condition.

The chief says the 27-year-old gunman, Sergio Valencia del Toro, fatally shot himself after randomly shooting the others near a pavilion on the bridge Sunday night. Styka says del Toro and his fiancee had recently called off their wedding and had argued before the shooting.

Erin Stoffel and two other children, ages 5 and 7, made it off the bridge with the older child running for help.

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UPDATED Monday, May 4, 2015---9:30 a.m.

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) -- The person who survived a shooting that left four others dead on a Menasha recreational trail bridge remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Theda Clark Medical Center spokeswoman Megan Mulholland said Monday the survivor is a woman in her 30s.

Menasha police say a gunman opened fire on the bridge Sunday night in a random shooting on the Fox Cities Trestle Trail bridge. Chief Tim Styka says the shooter is among the four dead.

Police continued their investigation into the shooting Monday.

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UPDATE: Monday, May 4, 2015 --- 5:38 a.m.

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) -- Four people are dead and another person is injured after a shooting on a bridge in eastern Wisconsin that a police chief says appears to be a "random act."

The Menasha Police Department said in a statement that the shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the Fox Cities Trestle Trail bridge.

Menasha Police Chief Tim Styka told Post-Crescent Media late Sunday night that the shooter was among those who died. The man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

According to Styka, authorities think the shooting was a "random act" and don't believe there's any other threat to the community. He said no responding officers fired their weapons.

The newspaper reports the lone surviving victim underwent surgery and was in critical condition. None of the victims was immediately identified.

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Posted: Sunday, May 3, 2015 --- 10:13 p.m.

A suspect is in custody following a shooting that killed three people in Menasha Sunday night.

Police say at least five people in total were shot. The status of the other two victims is unknown at this time.

The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. The suspect was arrested an hour later. There is no danger to the public, police say.

NBC15 will continue to update this story with details once they become available.


Olivia and Jonathan Stoffel, (Photo: GoFundMe Page)


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