Vigil honors those lost in Azana Spa shooting
MILWAUKEE - The salon was closed today so families could come and privately remember their loved ones. But Monday night, they met in Milwaukee with a powerful message - that the victims will never be forgotten, and the fight will never end to put a stop to domestic violence.
Candlelight, prayer, and a moment of silence for the three women killed one year ago at the Azana Spa in Brookfield - Cary Robuck, Maelyn Lind, and Zina Daniel.
"It's been very hard," says Elvin Daniel, Zina's brother. "And we miss her every day."
Zina survived years of domestic abuse at the hands of her husband, Radcliffe Haughton, before he went into the salon and started shooting. He then took his own life.
"I keep asking how many more people have to get killed before we pass sensible gun laws," Elvin says.
It's a question of 'Why?' that still haunts the victims' loved ones.
"Cary lived her life knowing that when she came home that she was safe and I would protect her at all costs," remembers Shawn Sheffler, who was Cary's boyfriend. "I struggle every day knowing that there was nothing I could do."
Sheffler says what happened that day was senseless and has to stop.
"Never did she think this peace of tranquility would become the place of her nightmares."
And while countless tears have been shed for Zina, Cary, and Maelyn - it's their strength that will be remembered.
"She wanted to be a beautician, she became a beautician, she wanted to become a wonderful wife, she became a wonderful wife," remembers Ralph Zalewski, Maelyn's friend.
And it's your strength they're counting on to make sure it never happens again.
"Come forward," pleads Sheffler. "That's the first thing, the first step is to come forward."