Accidental death or domestic violence? Family unsure

Cassie Wilson, 29, told police before she died the gun went off accidentally

Cassie Wilson in an undated photo (Courtesy)
Cassie Wilson in an undated photo (Courtesy)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Cassie Wilson died of a gunshot wound in South Salem last Thursday. Her death is officially being called an accident, but her family thinks her history as a domestic abuse victim had something to do with it.

“I’m sad that we lost my sister,” Batisse Wilson told KOIN 6 News. “I’m pissed that this is a domestic violence situation that she never reported to the police.”

Batisse said Cassie confided in her family about being abused by the man she lived with for about 8 years, a man who — Batisse said — has previouos domestic violence convictions.

Cassie Wilson in an undated photo (Courtesy)
Cassie Wilson in an undated photo (Courtesy)

Cassie and her partner were together in their apartment when the gun went off. The 29-year-old was shot in the abdomen, and before she died she told police she was handling the gun went it went off accidentally.

Batisse said Cassie was not a gun person, but she purchased the weapon at her boyfriend’s repeated request. As a convicted felon, he’s not allowed to buy a gun himself.

Accidental death or otherwise, the Wilson family believes her abusive situation is what led to her death.

“It doesn’t matter. The gun was there. She was not trained. She was a novice,” Batisse said. “It was a repressive situation and if you’re not comfortable with something in your home you need to get out.”

She added it’s a situation that has been seen time and time again: “The outcome from domestic violence is somebody dies.”

Cassie had a twin sister who died at childbirth. The family is making arrangement to have them buried together.