JANESVILLE/WISCONSIN DELLS (WKOW) -- The family of a woman killed in a homicide at a Wisconsin Dells hotel has identified her as Kally Elliott of Janesville.
Jonathann Elliott confirmed to 27 News his mother was the woman found dead at The Vue Hotel in Wisconsin Dells on Feb. 14.
Jeremy Mondy, 34, has been arrested and charged with first-degree intentional homicide in Elliott's death. He's in the Columbia County Jail on $5 million bail.
Mondy also faces charges of domestic abuse in Rock County. Authorities say Elliott was also the victim in that case. He was out on a signature bond when the homicide occurred.
Jonathann Elliott says his mother's killing was an escalation of her being victimized nearly her entire adult life. "Definitely a victim of domestic violence," Elliott says of his mother. "There's no other way around it."
"We went through (domestic violence), for the majority of life to be honest," Elliott says. "We went through it a long time, several different people," he says.
"We want to make domestic violence more known than what it is because it's more serious than what everybody thinks it is," Elliott says. "It's gotten so bad, especially since the (pandemic)," he says.
Court records show Mondy allegedly strangled Kally Elliott and threatened to kill her days before the Valentine's Day fatal violence. Records state Mondy claimed at first to have shot Elliott at the hotel during a struggle for a gun, but then revised his account to say he shot the woman in self-defense.
Jonathann Elliott declines to comment on his mother's relationship with Mondy, citing Mondy's on-going prosecution.
Elliott's fiance, Alexus Salvner says Kally Elliott was like a mother to her and a grandmother to her toddler children. Salvner says Kally Elliott deserves to be remembered as more than a victim.
"She was strong, she was a fighter, she was a mother, a sister," Salvner says. "She was so giving."
Salvner and Jonathann Elliott say they will continue to raise awareness of domestic violence and honor Kally Elliott in July on their wedding day.
"We're getting married on her birthday," Salvner says. "And we're going to incorporate the domestic violence purple into our wedding."
"We're not going to let her memory die," Salvner says.
Family members say a GoFundMe page has been established in connection with Kally Elliott's death to help them with costs for her cremation.