Vigil held for woman beaten to death in front of her children

Police say a man beat his wife to death in front of the couple's two children.

On Monday night people in the community came together to pray for the family. Now Joseph Mauti is being held in Oakland County Jail charged with his wife, Lindsey's murder and the murder and torture of their dog.

No one, not even Lindsey's own mother knew what was going on behind these walls in Independence Township until Friday night.

Investigators say Joseph Mauti beat her and the family dog to death with a baseball bat. He left both for dead in the garage while her 2- and 6 year-old children were still inside the home.

"Not at all, she tried to make her marriage work," said her mother, Denise Eaton. "(The kids) are doing alright. The baby is 2, she is happy. Carson, he was there, he will have some counseling."

She's a great kid," said John Eaton, her father. "It shows by people who showed up today. It's just tough."

On the same day mauti was charged with his wife's murder, family and friends gathered in front of the home on Cheshire Park drive where the couple once lived.

They lit candles, sang and told stories of a happier time as they remembered their beautiful mother.

Sarah Hudson organized the vigil.

"As a mom, I had to do this," Hudson said. "Because I knew her kids wouldn't hear her voice anymore."

 "Lindsey had a beautiful, bright smile," said Karen Carrer, her aunt. "She was my niece. Anyone who met her, loved her. We're all going to miss her terrible. If anyone is out thee in an abusive situation, we're begging you, get out of it."

FOX 2 learned Joseph Mauti had been convicted of domestic violence in 2014. He was on probation at the time of his wife's murder.

The hardest part for those who gathered for Lindsey are her two small children left behind, now without two parents.

A co-worker of Lindsey's set up a GoFundMe account to help with expenses knowing it's not going to be easy.

"Help donate even you don't have money," said McKenzie Vlisiges. "Go say a memory we don't want her remembered by this."

The funeral is set for Wednesday at the First Congressional Church of Clarkston. Family and friends are asking that instead of flowers, make donations for the future care of those children.

The children are staying with relatives, it will be up to the court to decide where they stay permanently. 

Planet Kids, the daycare Lindsey worked, have offered daycare as long as the family needs it. To contribute money to the children's account, go to: http://www.gofundme.com/vvhb85d



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