Medical examiner IDs two people found dead in townhouse

UPDATE (WKOW) — The Dane County Medical Examiner has identified the two people found dead Saturday in a Madison townhouse as James Tony Sykes, 39 and Sherry Sheree Waller, 34, both of Madison.

Autopsies were completed Sunday at the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office, according to a news release.

Preliminary results confirm that both died from firearm related trauma. The manner of death for both is pending additional investigation, according to the news release.

A news conference on the investigation is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m.


UPDATE (WKOW) — Police are still trying to piece things together after two people are found dead in Madison.

WKOW spoke with a friend of the woman who was found and shares how she’ll remember her.

The friend, who didn’t want to have her name used or her face shown, said the two worked together for many months and bonded over the fact that they’re both mothers to five children.

“Just really sad, hard to believe, hard to believe,” she said. “She’s a good person she definitely didn’t deserve that.”

According to police, officers found two dead bodies at a townhome in the 3100 block of Webb Ave, Saturday afternoon. A 39-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman died from apparent gunshot wounds.  A gun was also recovered at the scene.

The friend of the woman said she met her while working at a nearby Taco Bell last December.

“A very good mother –very, very attentive to her kids, hardworking,” she said. “She was a down-to-earth person, she was just somebody out here struggling to take care of her kids.”

She says the two people found dead were dating, and it wasn’t a healthy relationship.

Police have not confirmed those details but say the two knew each other.

“You can’t ever tell anybody, they gotta learn from their own mistakes,” said the woman’s friend.  “You can’t tell somebody to leave somebody alone — otherwise that’s just going to chase somebody away if they think you’re in their business like that.”

The friend said her biggest concern is the woman’s kids. She says the youngest just turned three this past Thursday.

She also said those kids were home when the shots went off, and that they alerted police to what happened.

“The Taco Bell family is there for her kids, they just want to make sure they’re alright,” she said.


More on this story at WKOW 27 News

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