'Brooke is very loved': Family of Suamico victim releases statement

SUAMICO, Wis. (WBAY) - The family of a woman who was shot and killed in Suamico is thanking the community for their support.

Brooke Fontaine died at a hospital after she was shot by the father of her youngest child, according to the Brown County Sheriff's Office.

Brooke's family released this statement to Action 2 News:

"We wish to express our appreciation for the outpouring of support we have received during this difficult time. Brooke was, and is, very loved. We are grateful that her two children are safe, and we will continue to love and care for them. As we continue to process what has happened, grieve, and find our path forward from here, we ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you again for your kind words and understanding."

On Feb. 18, deputies were called to a home on Mystic Hills Terrace, just north of Lineville Road, at about 2:25 a.m. The victim's mother had called 911 to report her daughter, Brooke Fontaine, had been shot in the head.

Brown County Sheriff's Office Capt. Dave Poteat says Sebastian Royal of Milwaukee had approached the home and fired multiple rounds into the bedroom of Brooke Fontaine's 4-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

Brooke Fontaine's mother had been staying in the same room as the child. She shielded her grandchild. That's when Brooke Fontaine entered the room.

"Came up to the window, saw Mr. Royal, again yelling at him to stop, and she was shot in the head," Poteat says.

Fontaine, 34, was taken to a hospital where she died Monday morning. Royal was dead at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Sheriff's Office says Royal and Fontaine had been involved in a custody dispute in Outagamie County involving their 14-month-old child.