Family, friends remember couple murdered at UW Arboretum one year ago

MADISON, Wis. — It’s been one year since a Madison doctor and her husband were shot and killed at the UW Arboretum.

A jogger found Dr. Beth Potter and Robin Carre’s bodies in a ditch on March 31st, 2020. Their identities were released the next day.

Two teens, including one that had dated the couple’s daughter, face charges in the case. A Dane County judge ordered separate trials for 19-year-olds Khari Sanford and Ali’ja Larrue. Both have motion hearings in their cases next week.

In the meantime, friends, family and the community are remembering the couple. The UW-Madison Police Department sent a tweet out Wednesday honoring the couple.

Friends of the couple declined an on-camera interview, but Dr. Melissa Stiles did send News 3 Now a written statement, which appears below in its entirety.

Today we honor the one-year anniversary of Beth Potter and Robin Carre’s untimely and tragic deaths. Their lives are being remembered in a variety of ways.

To memorialize Beth and Robin, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health established the Beth Potter and Robin Carre Memorial Fund, which has already raised more than$100,000 to create a scholarship fund and a memorial in the UW Arboretum — a place they both cherished.

The Beth Potter Scholarship will allow DFMCH residents to attend leadership training that focuses on wellness and resiliency. The Arboretum Memorial will include updates and maintenance to the boardwalk, benches the Gardner Marsh overlooks, a commemorative tree, and a commemorative stainless steel leaf that will hang from a trellis connecting the Native Plant Garden to Longenecker Gardens.

Beth and Robin were both alumni of Knox College. Knox College has set up the Potter-Knox Experience Endowed Fund. The fund enables Knox students to pursue educational experiences in public health, youth mentoring, social justice, education and international relations beyond the classroom. To date, the fund has raised $160,000.

Also to honor Potter’s memory, a large meeting room at the Wingra Clinic was renamed the Beth Potter, MD Conference and Community Room. Last week, the Wingra Clinic opened its COVID-19 vaccine clinic in this room. In addition, the Beth Potter Wellness Award is now given annually to a faculty or resident who embodies and role models the spirit of wellness in our profession.

A fund in Robin Carre’s name has been established to provide scholarships for Regent Soccer, an organization he dedicated countless hours to coaching and mentoring players.

They will never be forgotten.

Melissa Stiles, MD