‘The families take care of each other’: GoFundMe launched to support children of couple killed in murder-suicide

MADISON, Wis. — A tight-knit neighborhood with families who’ve made a habit of looking out for one another are now doing whatever they can to support the children shaken by the loss of both of their parents.

On Sunday, Jason Wray killed his wife Jessica before later taking his own life when he walked in front of a semi-truck on the interstate. Police described the case as a murder-suicide, and on Wednesday afternoon, the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office publicly identified the couple.

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In the days since, the family’s neighbors have rallied behind the three children the Wrays left behind.

“It’s a very tight-knit neighborhood. It’s a neighborhood where the kids play outside a lot, run around together,” Luke Hoffman, a close family friend and neighbor, said. “The families take care of each other.”

Hoffman told News 3 Now Wednesday morning that, while he is a family friend, he and his fellow neighbors would defer to the medical examiner’s office to formally identify the couple.

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“It’s just an incredibly difficult situation for all of them,” Hoffman said. “We just are thinking about them and looking for ways we can help and support them in any way we can.”

After checking with the Wray family, neighbors in the area created a GoFundMe page to raise money for Jessica and Jason’s funeral costs and to support the kids in as many ways as possible. In less than 24 hours since the page was launched, community members had donated more than $42,000.

By Wednesday afternoon, the total had reached more than $47,000.

“These kids are surrounded by so much love, but growing up after losing both parents will take a lot more,” the post reads. “Please help in any way you can. Every little bit helps.”

If you’d like to donate, visit www.gofundme.com/f/wray-family.

Hoffman talked with News 3 Now with permission from the family.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, there are resources available to help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is open 24/7 at 800-799-7233. DAIS — Domestic Abuse Intervention Services — can be reached at 608-251-4445 or abuseintervention.org.