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Police: Fitchburg homicide not random act

UPDATE (WKOW) — Fitchburg’s police chief said the person whose body was found Sunday evening on Lyman Lane was likely targeted.

“It does not appear this was a random act,” Chief Chad Brecklin said at a press conference Monday afternoon. Though he added police would make increased patrols and the public should remain aware of their surroundings.

Brecklin and Mayor Aaron Richardson used the conference as an opportunity to express their condolences to the murdered person’s family and ask the public for more information.

Specifically, Brecklin asked people in the area with home security cameras to check the footage for anything which might be of interested to investigators.

Brecklin said the 18-hour investigation has not yet led to any arrests.

Anyone with information can call Fitchburg police at (608) 270-4321 or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.


FITCHBURG (WKOW) —  The Fitchburg Police Department was called to a home in the 2700 block of Lyman Lane at about 9 p.m. The caller reported finding a man dead.

Officers said this is an active investigation.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning.

A family member has confirmed to 27 News that the victim in a Sunday evening homicide in Fitchburg was a student at Verona Area High School.

In a letter sent to parents Monday, Verona Area High School’s principal said a student died over the weekend.

Although when contacted by 27 News, district officials stopped short of connecting the student’s death to the homicide investigation currently underway by Fitchburg police.

In the letter, Principal Pam Hammen said, “It is with a heavy heart that we share the unfortunate news of the death of one of our Verona Area High School students which occurred over this past weekend.”

Hammen said the name of the student could not be released because an “investigation continues.”

In the letter, district officials sympathized with the former student’s family and told parents to monitor their own child’s mental wellbeing in the loss’ wake.

“Our student services team including counselors will be available to provide any support needed,” Hammen said. “As always, news such as this impacts our entire school community and, again, our deepest sympathies go out to the family.”

If you have any information about this, including neighborhood home surveillance video from Sunday evening, you are asked to contact the Fitchburg Police Department (608) 270-4300.

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