Saturday, December 29, 2012
The Kwiatkowsk family's ongoing efforts to keep their son Jonathan's memory alive in a positive way continued throughout 2012. They also saw Sean Forester-Hoare sent to prison for the April 2011 murder.
In the 20 months since Wind Point resident Jonathan Kwiatkowski was fatally stabbed outside his home, his family and friends have poured their effort into making sure his memory lives on. But it's not just his memory that they want to preserve, it's his positive outlook, and the impact he hoped to have on his community and the world. Taking as their starting point Jonathan Kwiatkowski's mantra, "Heads up. Hearts up. Hopes up," the last message Jonathan Kwiatkowski posted on Facebook, family and friends have hosted blood drives and poker runs, marched in the Fourth of July parade, and held memorial services. This year, the family also started a scholarship in Jonathan Kwiatkowski's name. The Jonathan Kwiatkowski Memorial Fund awards …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Jonathan Kwiatkowski's family planted a memorial garden in his name, but a neighbor has complained to the village that it's a nuisance. The neighbor says the memorial reminds him of his and his roommate's own personal tragedy. Now he's dropping the compla
UPDATE: The neighbor who filed a complaint saying his neighbor's memorial to his son was a nuisance has dropped the complaint, according to a story in the Journal Times. In his letter to Village President Bill Bensman dated Tuesday, the retired educator said he (McNulty) was withdrawing the complaint “based on the thoughtful rearrangement of the memoriam.” Here's the original story: WIND POINT, WI -- One month after a local man was fatally stabbed at his family's home in April 2011, family members planted a memorial garden in the front yard as a Mother's Day present for the victim's mom. Jonathan Kwiatkowski's brothers, Kyle and Corey, and his sister-in-law Cassie, planted the garden around a tree in front of the family's Wind Point home…
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
10 scholarships will be awarded to young adults who have the drive and desire to make a difference in their communities.
Applications are being accepted for the Jonathan Kwiatkowski Memorial Fund Scholarship program. Ten scholarships will be awarded to young adults who have the drive and desire to make a difference in their communities. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2012. For more information, see: Thanks to all of our friends and family for making this program possible!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Jonathan Kwiatkowski's family is hosting a Harley ride this weekend and all of the proceeds go to his Memorial Fund.
Jonathan Kwiatkowski's family is hosting a memorial ride and poker run, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The event kicks off at Eddie's residence, 6830 111th St. in Franklin. Even if you can’t participate in the Harley ride and hit all of the stops, the family will have food, raffles, drawings and an auction starting at 5 p.m. at the Route 20 Outhouse, 14001 Washington Ave., Sturtevant. There is no cover charge. Proceeds from the event will go to the Jonathan Kwiatkowski Memorial Fund. On April 4, 2011, Jonathan was murdered. In July, his family has formed a charity in his name.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Sean Forester-Hoare was sentenced Monday afternoon to life in prison, after a jury convicted him of the 2011 homicide.
Wind Point resident Sean Forester-Hoare will spend at least 40 years in prison for killing Jonathan Kwiatkowski. Forester-Hoare attacked his neighbor on April 4, 2011, after he got upset over the way Kwiatkowski was driving. During an altercation in the driveway of the Kwiatkowski home, Forester-Hoare took out a knife and stabbed the other man in the neck. At trial, Forester-Hoare tried to claim self-defense, saying the Kwiatkowski family attacked him, and that he wildly struck out with the knife in an effort to get free. But a jury convicted him of homicide and two counts of recklessly endangering safety. Even at his sentencing hearing, Forester-Hoare continued to minimize his actions and said that what had happened wasn’t intentional. "…
Friday, May 18, 2012
Jurors have convicted Sean Forester-Hoare of killing Jonathan Kwiatkowski. He will be sentenced to life in prison.
Sean Forester-Hoare, 30, of Wind Point, was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide for the April 4, 2011 murder of his neighbor, Jonathan Kwiatkowski. Forester-Hoare stabbed Kwiatkowski in the neck during an altercation about Kwiatkowski's driving. Several members of the Kwiatkowski family took part in the physical fight that preceded the stabbing. The jury -- comprised of nine men and three women -- also convicted Forester-Hoare of two counts of recklessly endangering safety for the injuries he caused Kwiatkowski's parents, Lori and Timothy. Just after the verdict was read, the Kwiatkowski family left the courtroom gallery and went into commons area of the Racine County Law Enforcement Center. Hugging and in tears, they all …
A jury of three women and nine men have to discern whether or not Sean Forester-Hoare killed Jonathan Kwiatkowski on April 4, 2011, if he intended to do it and if he was in a position of imminent death or danger.
In the early morning hours of April 4, 2011—the night Sean Forester-Hoare’s knife sliced into Jonathan Kwiatkowski’s throat—did Forester-Hoare act in self-defense or was he a ticking time bomb? A jury of three women and nine men are now deciding just that, as they try to reach a verdict in the trial for the 30-year-old Wind Point man, charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete told the jury that this was an easy case to decide because they had “heard everything” and he painted Forester-Hoare as “a ticking time bomb waiting to go off and the Kwiatkowski’s were unfortunately there when he went off and they couldn’t …
Jurors are expected to deliberate on that question today, after attorneys in the Sean Forester-Hoare homicide trial finish closing arguments.
Closing arguments are happening now in the homicide trial for Sean Forester-Hoare, 30, the Wind Point man charged with killing 21-year-old Jonathan Kwiatkowski on April 4, 2011. The two neighbors got into a fight about Kwiatkowski's driving in the early morning hours of April 4, 2011, and the Kwiatkowski family joined in the altercation in the driveway. During the fight, Forester-Hoare pulled out a knife and fatally stabbed Jonathan Kwiatkowski. In his trial this week, Forester-Hoare is claiming self-defense. Forester-Hoare took the stand on Thursday, according to a story in The Journal Times, and he testified that he had been outside taking cut-up cardboard to the curb, when Kwiatkowski almost hit him with his car. “Tim punched me in …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
In the second day of the murder trial for Sean Foreseter-Hoare, Caledonia and Wind Point police officers testified Wednesday about the horrific murder scene they found outside the Kwiatkowski home, and described how they tried to unravel what happened.
A large trail of blood led police from the driveway, where Jonathan Kwiatkowski was stabbed, into the house, where he lay bleeding from the throat. Wind Point police officer John Lewis was the first to respond to the Kwiatkowski home at 2:21 a.m. April 4, 2011, after Jonathan Kwiatkowski was fatally stabbed. He testified Wednesday in the trial for Sean Forester-Hoare, the neighbor charged with killing the 21-year-old man. If Forester-Hoare is convicted, he faces life in prison. This is the second day of testimony in the trial; read Tuesday's story here. When Lewis got inside the home in the 5300 block of Valley Trail Drive, he saw Lori Kwiatkowski kneeling on the floor by her son, who had a large puncture wound in his throat. “I asked his…