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Spa Stylist 'Took Bullet,' Died Saving Co-Worker's Daughter, Dad Says

The father of Maelyn Lind, 38, of Oconomowoc, said coworkers and police have told the family Lind jumped in front of Zina Haughton's adult daughter when Radcliffe fired his gun.

  • See related: Lind family statement issued Tuesday and a family press conference Tuesday at the Stone Bank Fire Department

Keith Hanson had watched his daughter, Maelyn Lind, fight her way through financial trouble and work three jobs to support her four children.

He had seen her inner strength and compassion.

So Hanson wasn't surprised when he learned from coworkers and police that his daughter, 38, had risked her own life to save a fellow Azana Salon & Spa employee from a gunman. He believes that fellow employee was Yasmeen Daniel, the daughter of Zina Haughton, 42, the principal target in Sunday's shooting and Lind's close friend.

"Maelyn had stepped in front of the gun and took the bullet when he was going to shoot her," Hanson told Patch on Monday.

"My daughter is an angel," he said, his voice choking with emotion. "She took a bullet for her friend’s daughter."

Lind, Haughton and a third coworker, Cary Robuck, 35, of Racine, all died at the spa shortly after it opened Sunday morning. Brookfield police say they were gunned down by Haughton's husband, Radcliffe Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, whom Zina was preparing to divorce and against whom she had obtained a restraining order days before after domestic violence issues escalated.

Hanson said his daughter and his wife, Marsha, knew about the Haughtons' tensions.

"Marsha told her (Lind), 'You better be careful' – and oh my God, here it happened," Hanson said.

Daughter worked hard to get ahead

Hanson said Lind grew up in Oconomowoc, attending St. Paul Lutheran Church and then graduating from Arrowhead High School and Erik's of Norway, where she finished in the top five of her cosmetology class.

She and her husband Tim had four children, a daughter, 19, and three sons, 17, 13 and 11. They have two new grandchildren, a grandson born in August and granddaughter born in September.

"She was my baby for 38 years," her father said. "I have four beautiful grandkids from her, and now I have a great grandson. She was just aglow about it."

Maelyn Lind had worked for Lake Country Hair Design and had many of her own clients whom she cared for in her several homes over the years. Hanson, a contractor, had helped her build salon spaces in those homes. About 16 years ago, he built her a brand new house, right next door to him and his wife.

His daughter had run into financial problems in recent years, trying to live higher than her lifestyle, he said, in part to keep up an image with her Azana clients. She ultimately had to file for bankruptcy and was working hard to dig out of it, with her parents' help.

She was working three jobs, including long hours at Azana, for other local clients she had had for years and as a part-time secretary at her father's shop.

But she still made time for her children and parents, whom she loved dearly.

"I don’t know how we’re going to make it through this without her," her father said.

Co-workers, community show support

Hanson said he was overwhelmed by the "massive outpouring of friendship" from Azana staff who have reached out to Lind's family. Donations for the Lind family can be sent to BMO Harris Bank, 1433 Pabst Farm Circle in Oconomowoc.

Hanson and the Linds' 19-year-old daughter Kaela plan to speak at a conference Tuesday afternoon at Stone Bank Elementary School in Oconomowoc. [UPDATE: the conference has been changed to 7:30 p.m. at the Stone Bank Fire Department, W335 N7107 Stone Bank Road.]

"She said it’s what her mother would have wanted," Hanson said, "so I agreed."

Lisa Knicely October 23, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Our hearts go out to all the families. No one should go through domestic violence and I believe there should be better laws to protect women from this violence. I have been through domestic violence years ago.but I was lucky not to experience any close to what happened. It is a sad day for those at the salon and true heroes that saved lives. We need to make a stand to help make a difference to make sure this wont happen in the future. God bless the women who died.my heart aches for the families. (Lets change our laws to save lives)....
Mark Schaaf October 23, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Just heartbreaking.
Shari m October 23, 2012 at 02:21 AM
The article says Hanson worked for lake country.. Do you mean Maelyn? Sympathies to her family and to the others who were lost.
Steve ® October 23, 2012 at 02:52 AM
RIP zina I have herd about you for 5 years now you touched many lives.
Lisa Sink (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Thanks Shari, yes, it should have said Maelyn. Thank you
Chad Corveleyn October 23, 2012 at 01:27 PM
It is people like Maelyn ad her actions that keep me from completely giving up on society as a whole... just know there are people in this word (probably around us everyday) who would give there life for another person is a wonderful thing. She is a true hero. My prayers go out to her family, and the family's of all the people in this tragedy.
Angela Cotey October 23, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Such a horrible tragedy, on so many levels. And I have to commend the Patch staff for all their hard work covering this story so well and from so many different angles. You've done a great job keeping the community informed and updated. Very impressed.
NObama 2012 October 23, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I predict Brown Deer Police Chief Steve Rinzel will be asked to resign before the end of October.
Lee October 23, 2012 at 04:30 PM
And from what I am reading and hearing he should.
Cindy Cutts October 23, 2012 at 07:44 PM
She sounds like a wonderful person, I pray God will provide all of the children, family and friends comfort in the days ahead. It was a senseless act perpetrated by a coward. So sad :(
Ron October 23, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Why Won't Scum Like Haughton Just Take the Bullet Themselves Instead of Causing So Much Pain? It Takes a Real Coward to Stand Behind a Gun, Instead of Just Walking Away and Living With the Fact That They are the Person at Fault!
Steve October 23, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Too bad Zina and Maelyn weren't allowed to carry for their protection. Azana is a criminal safe zone. How did that policy work for these people and their families?
Tom October 23, 2012 at 09:48 PM
With all of the personal suffering how can you take a senseless tragedy and use it to promote your own personal agenda.
Steve October 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM
It isn't my personal agenda it is common sense. If someone threatens to kill you it is serious and you should have every right to protect yourself. The restraining order only enraged that that guy. Restraining orders are as worthless as that sign to stop a homicidal idiot. This is very sad and my heart breaks for everyone involved. However, we must use our brains and realize law abiding citizens deserve the right to protect themselves. I have had someone threaten to kill me and I have been an employee in two armed bank robberies. That is why I choose to protect myself. The only way my origional comment relates to me is that I wouldn't patronize that business because of their short sighted policy. I see the criminal safe zone sign and I turn around and find another business. It is that simple. God bless everyone involved in these tragic events.
Tracy October 23, 2012 at 11:58 PM
On so many levels....this is heartbreaking. There have been many many comments regarding gun control, the right to carry a gun, the joke that is the restraining order.....and there are valid points to all of those comments. What I'm feeling at the moment is a combination of sadness, frustration, anger, and incredibly, hope from this story. This woman died for another. Such a selfless act in the midst of a separate, senseless act. It is right that we all feel unsafe, as sad as this statement is. This is a world that is increasingly frightening to live in sometimes. This shouldn't have happened, and it is impossible to say whether it could have been prevented by better gun laws, more efficient follow up in restraining order regulations(Radcliffe Haughton was ordered to surrender any guns and there was reportedly no follow up procedure to ensure that this happened, and he was able to purchase a gun shortly before the shooting), etc. Perhaps it would have happened no matter what. It remains shocking, heartbreaking, and incredibly sad. I truly hope that there may be changes eventually to reduce the number of stories just like this. Seems like a lofty goal at this point. In the meantime, I am praying for all of the victims, their families, and loved ones who have been most affected by this.
Rev Velveteen Sly October 24, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Steve, it's also common sense that more guns mean more killing. It takes lots of training to learn how to shoot a gun properly. Far more gun owners are killed in accidents or have their guns stolen & used to shoot someone else than those who use them in self-defense [citations: http://www.bradycampaign.org/facts/gunviolence/gunsinthehome, http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/research/hicrc/firearms-research/guns-and-death/index.html, http://www.salsa.net/peac/mmm/statistics.pdf, etc.] The fact is YOU made the choice to work in a bank, obviously a high-risk occupation for gun violence, so it makes sense for you to have protection. You also have the choice to avoid places that don't allow weapons & I support that right as well. But it doesn't make sense for the average person to arm themselves just in case they happen to be involved in a random tragedy like this. They're not likely to be able to use a gun to protect anyone--they're far more likely to use it to "fool around", "show off", or lose their temper and try to "teach someone a lesson." Don't assume I'm naive, I lived in Detroit for over 30 years. Any of the times I've had a gun pointed at me I didn't feel I'd be protected by having one myself--in fact, if they would have seen I was armed then I'm pretty sure they would have pulled the trigger!! I learned how to shoot a rifle as a kid, but I do not wish to spend my time learning how to be better at killing someone, even in self-defense, so I no longer live in the city.
AWD October 24, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I think America is rapidly becoming a ‘kill of be killed' society. Conflict resolution has been thrown in the dumpster. Everyday law-abiding citizens are put in situations where they are facing grievous bodily harm and they hesitate because they are afraid of being prosecuted and thrown in prison. Usually they end up paying for this mindset with their lives. The truth is your best self defense in a life-or-death confrontation is injuring the other person quickly without hesitation.
Judy Johnson October 24, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I completely agree with you Tracy. With teen bullying, the high cost of living, the loss of jobs, the financial problems and the breakdown of family structure there are more and more people snapping under the stress of it all. When someone snaps, all the rules, regulations, gun controls and restraining orders aren't going to do any good. And I fear that things are only going to get worse until we find a way to relieve the stress instead of making more rules, regulations and laws. I wish I had the answer but how do you get everyone in society have a heart as big as Maelyn's.
Steve October 25, 2012 at 01:00 AM
It is also hard work to carry legally, which I do and so does my wife. However, I respect your opinion too Rev. I sincerely hope I never have to use my weapon but I am glade I have it available. I believe in respecting life from birth to natural death but also the right to protect oneself. I like to patronize places that leave people guessing. Guns can make for a polite society. Cops carry guns to protect themselves not you. Also if someone threatens to kill you believe them. Take the kids and run! Don't wait to find out if they are serious. The person who treatened me attempted to follow through only to meet four police cars and eight cops.
Steve October 25, 2012 at 01:03 AM
True AWD, but lethal force is the very last resort. Only in a kill or be killed situation.

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