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Father mourns Brookfield shooting victim

CREATED Oct. 28, 2012

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OCONOMOWOC - A final goodbye to Maelyn Lind.

The 38-year-old was killed last Sunday in the Azana Spa shooting in Brookfield. She was laid to rest Sunday in Oconomowoc.

Friends and family remember the lessons Maelyn taught them through her life.

At 13, Maelyn chose a comfirmation Bible verse that would ultimately define her life: There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.

Maelyn's father, Keith Hanson, has let go of a lot of grief he carried this past week after his daughter was gunned down at Azana Spa. But, he hopes the death of Maelyn and two other women helps to wake people up to the real dangers of domestic violence.

"She went right to god as one of his angels," Hanson says.

The mother of four and grandmother of two is credited with taking the bullet for another woman when a collegue's estranged husband opened fire inside the salon they worked in.

"That's what you do," Hanson says. "Not just because you're a good neighbor, but because there is something ultimate and eternal that you know."

Those closest to Maelyn say she taught them how to be kind-hearted and how to love.

"I mean if I could have been i would have been there with a glock in my waistband at her side," Hanson says.

Friends and family filled the church she committed herself to Christ in as a young girl Sunday.