MILWAUKEE – Dozens of customers at Scotty’s Historic Bar and Pizza remember their friend Raina, often called Raina, as a vibrant woman who loved to sing and brought smiles to anyone who had the chance to meet her.
“She was fun to be around, fun to sing duets with, and she had a beautiful voice,” Richard Spear said.
“She had an angelic energy about her. Maybe she was ours to borrow for a while,” Daniel Walsh said.
“She was fun. She talked to everyone and anyone. She was always happy and outgoing,” recalled waitress Carmen Rogers.
And he plans to always remember the 55-year-old after her death on Tuesday morning. She was hospitalized last Thursday when she was found unconscious in Powers on 10. It happened moments after she and a man police believe to be Timothy Olson, 52, ordered drinks at the bar.
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“It’s sad in this world that you have crazy people who do bad things to people,” Spear said.
According to the Racine Police Department, Olson, who dropped off the mother of two early inside a bar, has been linked to several crimes against women, including in Racine, where he drugged and robbed them the money.
“Why that? I just thought of one thing. What makes you sick to do that to someone,” Rogers asked.
Racine police have issued multiple alerts for Olson, but have yet to find him. South Milwaukee police say they are awaiting autopsy results from the medical examiner’s office to officially determine Raine’s cause of death.
Until then, friends are urging Olson to accept himself.
“Do your time, because what you’ve done is very bad and the world doesn’t need this garbage,” Spear said.
Racine police say Olson currently has a warrant for his arrest for five felony burglaries in Mount Pleasant, and they are currently looking to speak with Olson about a similar incident in another jurisdiction. They say they have ties to southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
The employees of Scotty’s Historic Bar & Pizza will host a fundraiser in Rain’s honor on Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Rain’s family.
How to communicate information to the authorities
If you have been victimized in this way or if you have additional information about this incident, the Racine Police Department’s Investigative Unit would like to speak with you. Witnesses or members of the public with information are asked to call the Racine Police Department’s Investigations Unit at (262) 635-7756.
Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at (262) 636-9330 or through the Crime Stoppers app using the p3 app.
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