"She just wanted to be free and live her life without feeling like she was always being watched"...
Derby Girls Plan Fundraiser For Shimek Kids
Lynn joined the Derby Girls about a year ago, and she was one of the sweetest people on their team. "The South County Derby Girls will have a fundraiser on Dec. 11 to raise money for the Shimek children, and to educate attendees about domestic violence prevention... Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. -Where: Dutchman’s Pizza, 6940 Chestnut St... A trust fund has also been setup by the Shimek children's aunt, Valerie Roberts. Those interested in donating can make checks payable to Valerie Roberts, 1821 South Bascom Ave., PO Box 217 Campbell, CA 95008."
...She was also handy with a with a pair of skates, lacing up with the South County Derby Girls and throwing elbows alongside Gilroy's rough-and-tumble roller divas... On Nov. 16, Lynn left a note on the event's Facebook page, indicating she was looking forward to the [South County Derby Girls] "Stand Against Domestic Violence" event... "an amazing soul, very warm and extremely creative"...
APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE IN GILROY SUNDAY NIGHT
By Blair Tellers
November 29, 2011
[Excerpts] Neighbors in a manicured neighborhood off Santa Teresa Boulevard were "shocked" Monday morning after San Jose police sergeant Christopher Shimek apparently killed his wife, then turned a gun on himself Sunday night. The bodies of Lynn Shimek, 43, and her husband Christopher Shimek, 51 - a San Jose police sergeant of 16 years - were found by Gilroy police officers around 9:39 p.m. Sunday inside the couples' two-story home on the 9400 block of Rodeo Drive in Gilroy. The discovery was made following a welfare check requested by friends and family... [Full article here]
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POLICE SGT. MURDERS WIFE, COMMITS SUICIDE IN GILROY
By Amy Larson
November 28, 2011
[Excerpts] ...A veteran police officer murdered his 43-year-old wife before turning the gun on himself inside their Gilroy home... Christopher Shimek, 51, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 9:40 p.m. Sunday, Gillio said.. His wife, Lynn Polinsky-Shimek, was also found dead. Shimek was a San Jose Police Department sergeant... He worked in the traffic division and had never shown signs of trouble, San Jose police said... Family and friends became worried and asked authorities to check on them. The couple's two children, ages 13 and 19, were not home when the murder-suicide happened,... Police did not release how the police sergeant murdered his wife... The police sergeant had a history of domestic violence. "In March 2007, GPD responded to a call in which Christopher Shimek allegedly hit a stepson in a rage... Lynn Shimek did not want any further police action," [Gilroy police Captain Jim] Gillio said. In addition to being a mother of two, Polinsky-Shimek was an artist and competed on a women's roller derby team... [Full article here]
...Friends and family are planning a private memorial service for Lynn Shimek on Saturday at a winery in Gilroy. Private memorial services, for Chris and Lynn, are scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Campbell... And on Dec. 11, the South County Derby Girls, a group that Lynn Shimek had joined recently, is hosting a fundraiser and anti-domestic violence fundraiser at Dutchman's Pizza on Chestnut Street in Gilroy from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m...
APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE IN GILROY SUNDAY NIGHT
Morgan Hill Times
By Blair Tellers
Monday, November 28, 2011
[Excerpts] ...Lynn also has a business website called "Amazing Face Paintings." It advertises her services as a licensed professional face painter who is available for bookings in Northern California... On Facebook, the South County Derby Girls have announced a fundraiser to support the stand against domestic violence, according to their post. "We will be raising $$ for the family of Lynn Shimek who was taken from us by the hands of domestic violence." Lynn Shimek was planning to attend the Derby Girls' "Stand Against Domestic Violence" event. [Full article here]
By Sean Webby, Mark Gomez and Lisa Fernandez
[Excerpts] On Sunday evening, Chris Shimek told his teenage boys to go grab something to eat. He wanted to talk to their mother alone. When they returned from an In-N-Out Burger, their father, a veteran San Jose police sergeant, was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Their mother, Lynn, was dead, too, apparently strangled by her husband. Their parents were found by police officers in a master bedroom, sources close to the investigation said, with his hand in hers... Some friends said it came after years of possessive behavior by Shimek toward his wife of 15 years. "She wanted out," said Rhonda Harkins, a friend of Lynn Shimek's. "She told him she wanted a divorce about three weeks ago. He was not happy. She didn't deserve this. I never thought he would hurt her"... The Shimeks' marriage may have been in bad shape, but there were no outward signs the veteran officer was capable of domestic violence, police say.... "What makes this all the more difficult to understand is that he was so even-keeled. No one expected this," said police Chief Chris Moore. "Yet it happened. My main concern is that we don't see this happening again. These are very difficult times"... Lynn Shimek, her friend Tammy Drews and another friend had been at Rhonda Harkins' home having a few beers at 7 p.m. Sunday. About 8:15 p.m., Drews dropped Lynn Shimek back home at Rodeo Drive with a container of homemade turkey soup. Within the hour, friends said they started getting texts from Chris Shimek, including one that roughly said: I went too far. I'm sorry. Please don't let my kids in the house. One of the friends sent a text to Drews, telling her to get Lynn out the house. Drews said the friend, who she would not name, told her Chris Shimek sent a text that threatened his wife. Drews said she raced back to the Shimeks' house and knocked on the door. It was 9:15 p.m. The front door opened a bit, stopped by the chain latch. The family's dogs, Scarlet and Sheba, were sitting at the bottom of the stairs... She called police... The Shimeks' two boys, ages 13 and 19, are staying with a paternal aunt, friends said... Lynn Shimek, 43, told a close circle of friends that she was unhappy and she wanted to leave. Chris Shimek had been completely "obsessed with her and very possessive of her," Drews said. He pulled her phone records, checked her text messages, trolled her Facebook page and her friends' Facebook pages, and, once, even put a GPS tracker under her car, according to several friends. He never physically harmed her, friends said, and court records show no indication of domestic violence or restraining orders. Gilroy police reported that in 2007 they responded to a call in which the officer allegedly hit his stepson, "in a rage." No further police action was taken... "She just wanted to be free and live her life without feeling like she was always being watched," Drews said... Chris Shimek isn't the first San Jose police officer to be involved with deadly domestic violence. In 1997, Officer Tom Harris killed his wife, Judy,... [Full article here]
...Chris Shimek had been completely "obsessed with her and very possessive of her"... He pulled her phone records, checked her text messages, trolled her Facebook page and her friends' Facebook pages, and, once, even put a GPS tracker under her car... Gilroy police reported that in 2007 they responded to a call in which the officer allegedly hit his stepson, "in a rage." No further police action was taken...
SERVICES SET FOR SAN JOSE COP AND WIFE, FUNDRAISER PLANNED FOR THEIR SONS
San Jose Mercury News
By Lisa Fernandez
[Excerpts] Friends of Lynn Shimek are doing what they can to provide for her two boys, left behind in the wake of a murder-suicide at the hands of their father, a San Jose police sergeant... Friends and family are planning a private memorial service for Lynn Shimek on Saturday at a winery in Gilroy. Private memorial services, for Chris and Lynn, are scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Campbell, a friend said. And on Dec. 11, the South County Derby Girls, a group that Lynn Shimek had joined recently, is hosting a fundraiser and anti-domestic violence fundraiser at Dutchman's Pizza on Chestnut Street in Gilroy from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The owner is donating 25 percent of all pizza proceeds to the Shimeks' sons, and the derby girls said they are donating 100 percent of what they earn off raffle items. Almost 200 people so far have signed up to attend on the "Lynn Shimek you will be missed" Facebook page. If anyone would like to mail money directly to the boys, checks can be made out to the "Shimek Children Memorial Fund" c/o Valerie Roberts and mailed to the UPS store, 1821 South Bascom Ave., P.O. Box 217, Campbell, CA 95008... [Full article here]