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Jason Wray & Jessica Wray: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know

Jason Wray was a physician assistant at UW Health who killed his wife Jessica Wray before taking his own life by stepping in front of a semi-truck on a highway in the Madison, Wisconsin area.

The couple’s names were released in a press release from the Dane County Medical Examiner’s office. Jessica Dean Wray was also a physician assistant at UW Health.

People filled out a GoFundMe page to help the couple’s children pay tribute to Jessica Wray. “Jessica’s knowledgeable and compassionate help has completely changed my health and my life, so much for the better,” wrote one person on that page.

“I am eternally grateful for her impact on me and I am sure many more people in our community will. An appt with her was like a great visit with a good friend, every time, over many years. It seemed like she had all the time in the world to help me every time I saw her.”

Here’s what you need to know:

In the press release emailed to Heavy, the coroner’s office reported that Jessica Wray had been both beaten and suffered “sharp violence trauma.” What was the cause of death?

“Preliminary results of the autopsy confirm that Ms Wray died from murderous violence, including blunt force trauma and sharp assault. Additional testing is also underway at this time,” the medical examiner’s office wrote.

Jason Wray was hit by a semi-truck on the Interstate. “Mr. Wray died of injuries sustained as a result of the crash,” the coroner said.

Both Wrays were 45 years old.

Madison Police Department called Jessica Wray’s death on September 12, 2022 a “house murder.” The suspect was the husband of the deceased woman, Police Chief Shon Barnes said at a news conference. “We are investigating this incident as a homicide-suicide.”

He said Jason Wray was seen on foot on the ring line, where he was hit by a vehicle and was not seriously injured. He then exited the ring line in a vehicle and resurfaced on Interstate 90, where he “got out of his vehicle on foot and got in front of a semi-truck,” Barnes said. He had died on the spot.

“We’ve lost another member of our community, this time to domestic violence,” the police chief said of Jessica Wray.

“We are committed to helping survivors of domestic violence,” he said.

On Sunday afternoon, September 11, 2022, about 3:20 p.m., agents responded to an address along Darien Circle.

Police received 911 calls about a “person reportedly dead” from third parties who were not at the scene.

Barnes said police had not called the couple’s home before. “None of the people were known to the police,” he said.

When police entered the house, they found “a dead woman in her mid-40s.” They said the victim was “violently physically assaulted”.

More than $80,000 has been raised through a GoFundMe page to help the family’s three children.

“Our immediate goal is to work together as a community to help pay for funeral expenses. We would love to be able to raise additional money to support the children in many ways,” the page reads. “These children are surrounded by so much love, but growing up after the loss of both parents will cost a lot more. Please help in any way you can. Every little bit helps.”

The page continues: “I organized this fund with my husband and other neighbors. The money is transferred directly to the guardians of the children.”

On Facebook, Jessica Wray filled her page with photos of her children.

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