Monday a double homicide shocked Topeka’s Hi-Crest neighborhood on Southeast Girard Street. Lisa Sportsman, who went by Lisa Collins was 28, and Jesse Polinskey was 17, were beaten and stabbed to death. Family members say Lisa and Jesse will not be forgotten.
Police have arrested three men in connection with the murders: Matthew D. Hutto, 19, of Clay Center, Richard D. Showalter, 31 and Bradley D. Sportsman, 40, both from Greenleaf.
Bradley Sportsman is Lisa’s estranged husband.
Nina Tosh is Lisa’s half sister. She says Jesse was visiting Lisa because she felt unsafe.
“He was just visiting because my sister she felt really scared here alone, so that’s why he was over here,” Tosh said. “He was trying to protect her, but protecting her he ended up with his life gone too.”
Tosh said they never expected anyone to wind up getting hurt.
“Everyone’s just been like going like crazy like can’t believe what happened. We never knew this would go this far,” Tosh said.
Lisa and Bradley Sportsman had been taking care of Nina’s two young children together.
“He was like a dad to them and Lisa was like a mom,” Tosh said. “That’s what they knew them as, mom and dad.”
Lisa was living alone in the home when she was murdered.
“I think she didn’t deserve what she went through. She was a really good person,” Tosh said. “My cousin Jesse, he shouldn’t have went through it either. There was no reason for this.”
The two children that Lisa cared for are now in the State’s custody.