Salon shooting

Zina Haughton's family distraught over her death

CREATED Nov. 8, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov. 9, 2012

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BROOKFIELD- She was the target of the killing spree at the spa, and for the very first time, Zina Haughton's family talks about Zina and the tragic end to her life.

Elvin Daniel and his family are still trying to come to grips with what happened to his sister.

"She was a wonderful person," said Daniel, who talked with TODAY'S TMJ4's Susan Kim.

"(She) walked into a room with her smile, and she lit up a room."

Her family says Zina was like that at family get-togethers that included games and dinners, even with Zina's husband, gunman Radcliffe Haughton.

"We were pretty much in shock, getting the information we were getting," said Cheryl Daniel, Zina's sister-in-law.  

"We had no idea it was going to the extent she was asking police for help."

"With her heart, she didn't want to trouble us," explained Pierre Oshana, Zina's nephew.

"One thing I want to say, if you're in that situation, tell someone."

Zina's family included her two daughters.

Her 20-year-old was working at Azana the day her stepfather opened fire.

"(Her daughter) is coping.  Only time would heal something like that.  Nothing else will.  Like all of us,  we have our moments," admitted Daniel.

Daniel says he believes Haughton tried to kill Zina's daughter, and Maelin Lind saved Zina's daughter's life before dying in the massacre.

"Our prayers are with the ladies that died," said Daniel.  

"Our heartfelt condolences and heavy heart to the family, because we know what they're going through."

The family says Zina's 13-year-old daughter is with Zina's sister, back in school and involved in church.  She even attended her father's funeral over the weekend.

"We asked her if she wanted to do that, and she did.  It was only right to let her have closure in her life," explained Daniel.

They also say they have no animosity towards the Haughton family.

"Our prayers are with the ladies that died," said Daniel. 

"Our heartfelt condolences and heavy heart to the family because we know what they're going through."