Remembering Maelyn: Family, friends treasure memories of shooting victim
Two hundred people gathered Monday evening at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc to mourn the loss of Maelyn Lind, 38, of the Town of Merton, who was gunned down Sunday afternoon at the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield.
Lind was one of three women who lost their lives to a man on a rampage sparked by a turbulent domestic situation involving her co-worker.
Radcliffe F. Haughton, 45, entered the salon Sunday morning carrying a .40-caliber handgun and searching for his estranged wife, who had been granted a four-year-restraining order just two days earlier, according to police.
At the end of his rampage, three women were dead, four were injured and Haughton was found in a locked area, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
"The Lind and Hanson family would like all to know that the death of Maelyn is a tragic loss for our family. We have been comforted by the outpouring of support from both family and friends," Maelyn Lind's family said in a prepared statement.
"Maelyn will always be remembered as a wonderful wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, and community member. Her infectious smile will always be remembered by all in the Lake Country area. We will miss her willingness to assist all who were in need," it read.
A friend remembers
The Town of Merton woman and mother of four was remembered by longtime friend and client Sara Junio.
"Maelyn would do anything to help a friend or family member. The story we've been told is that she stepped in the line of the bullet to save Zina's daughter," Junio said, referring to target of the gunman's rage, Zina Haughton.
"While I want to scream 'how could you do this, Maelyn?' I believe she was just continuing with what she knew and did best: helping another person," she said.
Junio spoke about how the line between a good hairdresser and a friend can easily blur.
"There once was a saying 'never come between a women and her hairdresser,' " Junio recalled. "I don't know where I heard it, but it makes me smile."
Junio said a good hairdresser becomes a great friend, with reason.
"A good hairdresser sees you at your best and at your worst. She knows your secrets. After all, what else would you talk about for two hours when your hair is being colored?" she said.
"She knows your joys," such as when you come in for a special occasion hairstyle, "and she knows your sorrows when you're struggling with raising teenagers.
"A good hairdresser is a great listener. She knows you well enough to understand when you need to vent, typically when you have a late night appointment after work, or when you need to talk through the challenges of the day, typically when you have an early morning appointment.
"A good hairdresser will tell you how beautiful you look no matter how crappy you feel.
A good hairdresser will make you laugh," Junio said.
"Maelyn was all of this. She knew her clients better than they knew themselves, whether they were at Azana or friends in the community. Her friendship was invaluable because she knew you so well," she added.
Junio's thoughts are with Lind's family during these difficult days.
"Maelyn was also a fabulous mother. When she spoke of her kids, she beamed with joy. Her best friend was her daughter, who happens to sound just like her and have similar mannerisms as Maelyn. Her pride was with her three sons. Her love was with her husband, Tim," she said.
The Rev. Lance O'Donnell issued this statement in wake of the tragedy:
"As a Christian community, the people of St. Paul's Lutheran Church 'weep with those who weep.' ( Romans 12:16) We weep with the family of our own Maelyn Lind and with the other families impacted by the aimless violence in Brookfield, yet as a Christian community 'we do not grieve as those who have no hope, for since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.' (1 Thessalonians 4:14)
"This resurrection-hope unites our people in support of the victims' families as we look forward in this hope to the day when 'God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.' (Revelation 7:17)," he said.
The Maelyn Lind Family Memorial fund has been set up at the BMO Harris Bankin Oconomowoc on Pabst Farm Circle.
Lind is survived by her husband, Timothy; her children Kaela, 19, Kody, 17, Kolten, 13 and Kammeron, 11; grandson Xander and granddaughter Lily.
She is also survived by " special friends to her children, Logan Krivitz (father of Xander) and Alyssa Phillips (mother of Lily) who were dear friends to Maelyn, and she cared for them as her own. Maelyn is survived by loving parents Marsha and Keith Hanson, who have been involved throughout the years with all of the children," according to the family's statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Visitation for Maelyn Lind is planned for 2 until the 5 p.m. funeral service Sunday, Oct. 28, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 210 E. Pleasant St., Oconomowoc.
Memorials in Maelyn's name are suggested to the Oakton Avenue Law Offices Trust Account, 200 Oakton Ave., Pewaukee, WI 53072.
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