Benefit for Slain Mom-to-Be Planned for Saturday at Toyota Park
Family says it needs money for Alisha Bromfield's headstone, and travel to Wisconsin for the upcoming trial. Saturday night's event features dinner and music.
The family of slain mom-to-be Alisha Bromfield is hosting a benefit Saturday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview to raise money to pay for a headstone and the family's travel to her accused killer's trial.
Bromfield died Aug. 19. Brian M. Cooper, 35, is charged in Door County, WI, with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Bromfield, 21 and her unborn daughter, who was to be named Ava Lucille. He is also charged with third-degree sexual assault.
Cooper and Bromfield, both of Plainfield, met while working together at a Shorewood business. They were in Door County to attend the wedding of Cooper's sister.
Her body was found the day after the wedding at a resort in Nasewaupee, WI, after Cooper called police to report the murder from a gas station in nearby Sister Bay, police said.
Ava Lucille was due to be born on Nov. 23, which is why the family planned the benefit for this weekend, according to Bromfield's father, Jim Heisner, of New Lenox.
“We have yet to still get her headstone. The money will go for that donation to help pay for the funeral. ... We have received a ton of support from family and friends.
"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.”
The benefit at Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, starts at 5 p.m. and ends at midnight. Tickets are $35 at the door or $30 if purchased in advance. The bands Brothers in Arms, Dancing Noodles and Strait Southern will play. Dinner and one drink are included, and a cash bar will be open.
More information about the benefit can be found on the UniversalTicketing.com website. Pattie Heisner Glorioso, Alisha's aunt, organized the event.
Bromfield was a 2008 Joliet Catholic Academy graduate.
Jim Heisner's wife, Amy Heisner, told Sun-Times Media:
“We appreciate everybody and hope that they can come to the benefit and to keep all of us in mind. ... 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.”
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