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Name of murder victim in local ax attack identified



When police in Monroe County first told us about an attack on three people at a home near Sparta, they said it was an edged weapon used in the attack.

Now they are being more specific, saying the weapon used was an ax.

Three people were attacked with the ax, and one of them, 87 year old Bernard Waite, was killed in the attack.

A woman who was also attacked remains hospitalized, while another was treated for her injuries and released. The attack happened late Sunday morning at a home in the town of Sparta.

The suspect in the attack remains hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They have not yet named the attacker, other than to say it was a relative of the person killed.

No court appearance has been scheduled for the suspect, at last report.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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