Family of slain Plainfield mom-to-be hosting fundraiser
BY JAIME ANGIO Correspondent November 21, 2012 7:34PM
Alisha N. Bromfield
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Updated: November 23, 2012 6:01PM
Three months ago, Alisha Bromfield’s family was planning to welcome a new baby, Ava Lucille. Now, some are planning a benefit in Alisha’s name so they can travel to her alleged killer’s murder trial in Door County, Wis., and also get her a headstone.
Bromfield, 21, of Plainfield, was six months pregnant when she was slain on Aug. 19 at the Sand Bay Resort near Sturgeon Bay.
Brian M. Cooper, of Plainfield, was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of Bromfield and her unborn daughter. He’s also facing a third-degree sexual assault charge.
Authorities have said Cooper and Bromfield were in Door County for his sister’s wedding and that Bromfield rebuffed his desire for a romantic relationship. A hearing in the case is scheduled for next month, and his trial is expected to begin early next year.
According to reports, Bromfield and Cooper met as co-workers at Grand Flowers, a vendor inside the Home Depot in Shorewood.
Now, Bromfield’s father’s family has scheduled a benefit for Saturday at Toyota Park Stadium Club in Bridgeview. The funeral costs in addition to the staggering costs for traveling to Wisconsin for the upcoming murder trial have put a financial burden on the family.
“We have yet to still get her headstone,” said Alisha’s father, Jim Heisner, 45, of New Lenox. “The money will go for that donation to help pay for the funeral.”
\Bromfield was majoring in forensics at Western Illinois University. She was taking a break from college for her pregnancy.
The timing of the benefit was planned.
“She (Ava) would have been born Nov. 23,” Jim Heisner said. “That was her due date. That’s why the benefit is the 24th.”
Bromfield, a 2008 Joliet Catholic Academy graduate, was loved by many and was close to her mother, father, stepmother, stepfather and stepbrothers.
“She is so funny, nice, very funny, very caring, ridiculously smart, and was an all-around wonderful, great person,” said Alisha’s aunt, Pattie Heisner Glorioso, who is organizing the event.
“She was excited to be a mom,” said Amy Heisner, Jim Heisner’s wife.
Jim and Amy Heisner look forward to seeing and meeting Alicia’s friends at the benefit.
“We have received a ton of support from family and friends,” Jim said. “A lot of her friends love her, and that’s pretty much what we’ll see again, I’m assuming, on Saturday — all the love and support again.”
Saturday’s event is from 5 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $35 at the door or $30 in advance. The price includes dinner and one drink, plus live music from the bands, “Brothers In Arms,” “Dancing Noodles” and “Strait Southern.” There is also a cash bar, raffles and split the pot.
“We appreciate everybody and hope that they can come to the benefit and to keep all of us in mind,” Amy Heisner said. “We’ve got people to pay back. And a headstone to buy. I don’t want her grave sitting there with nothing on it. It makes me crazy.”
The Bromfield family released a statement saying they “wish the Heisner family well with their event, but would like to clarify their fundraiser is not associated with, or benefits, the Bromfield family. Further, Alisha’s mother, Sherry Anicich, will be purchasing and providing the headstone, in reasonable time, as the family is still in mourning from the loss of their daughter and granddaughter.”
Sherry Anicich said she’s organizing a Baby Item Drive, through the Joliet Junior Woman’s Club, in her daughter’s honor. The donated items — such as diapers, wipes, bottles and clothing — will benefit area pregnant women.
Drop-off locations include, Edward Jones Investments, 1132 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood; and Kuhar Vision Car, 4970 W. Theodore, in Plainfield.