In Loving Memory of Stacia Hollinshead

The evening of March 23, 2019
Stacia was the victim of an apparent homicide in an alleged incident of domestic violence, shot to death inside a home in Beaver Dam, Wis. A suspect, Stacia's ex-husband, is in custody in Dodge County as authorities complete their investigation.
Stacia was 30 years old, a native of Effingham, Illinois, a U.S. Army intelligence analyst for 11 years, and a graduate of the Northern Illinois University College of Law. She began working for the DeKalb County State's Attorney's office this past November.

Stacia was sworn in as an attorney in the state of Illinois this past October after graduating from NIU’s law school in May 2018. She previously worked as an intern at CASA Kane County and in the private practice of law. Stacia had an impressive command of the courtroom, particularly so for a new attorney, showing great poise with tough and complex matters.
However, Stacia shined her brightest when she was around her daughter. Because Stacia was such a hard worker, she would often bring her daughter to the office as she completed her work for the day. Her daughter was instantly a favorite among the staff. Together they would brighten the office and were a joy to be around.
News of Stacia’s death has left the community stunned, deeply saddened, struggling to understand how someone we cared for so much could be the victim of such an unimaginably violent act.
Stacia’s tragic death drives home many points that we make constantly: Domestic violence is about power and control, it is learned behavior, it is present in all communities, it crosses all social and economic barriers, and it is preventable. No faction of society is immune from it, not even those who work in the public safety arena, fiercely dedicated to stopping it.
Stacia’s death is the worst possible outcome of domestic violence, and it will strengthen us as we continue to work to stop abusers who terrorize their partners and rip apart their families. Stacia is yet another face and heart to fight for, and a reason to believe in the work that we do daily to free the victims in our community from the power and control of their abusers.

All proceeds will be going to Levi Hollinshead, Stacia’s brother. The proceeds will be used for the care of Odyssia, who tragically lost her mother.

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Stephanie Lydia
DeKalb, IL
Levi Hollinshead

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