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Madison man honors slain family members; forgives killer

By Jennifer Hoff, jhoff@wisctv.com
Published On: May 09 2014 10:12:15 PM CDT
Updated On: May 10 2014 05:30:51 PM CDT

A Madison man says he's forgiven the man police suspect killed his mother and sister in a stabbing last week. Jennifer Hoff reports.

MADISON, Wis. -

Robin and Charity Grossmann were stabbed to death May 2 at Robin's East Side apartment last Friday during a dispute with a neighbor.

Robin's son, Chad Grossmann, says he has forgiven the killer.

"They were both just wonderful people," said Chad, who remembered his mom’s passion for birds and squirrels and his sister, Charity, loved to laugh.

He spoke only to News3 as he was picking out pictures that showed off their personality to put up at the pair's upcoming funeral.

Madison Police say Londrell Johnson stabbed the women and still had the knife in his hand when officer shot and killed him. Johnson’s family says he suffered from mental illness, had voluntarily sought treatment last winter, and was on medication.

Police said Johnson lived in the apartment on the 2600 block of East Washington and had made previous threats to his neighbors.

Chad said his mother recently moved into the apartment and said she felt safe. He said he forgives Johnson and instead blames mental health funding shortages.

"What good does it do to ignore a population of people, especially without proper care, things like this can happen," asked Chad.

Chad's brother also lived at the apartment and was stabbed. But he escaped and has since been released from the hospital.

Robin and Charity's visitation is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Calvary Gospel Church. The funeral is open to the public and starts at 11 a.m.

You can also donate to the Grossmann Memorial Fund at an UW Credit Union.

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