MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Family and friends talking about three women killed at the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield one year ago. They did so during a candlelight vigil held at Milwaukee's City Hall on Monday evening, October 21st.
For those who attended the vigil, they say it's hard to believe it's already been a year -- because the pain is so fresh. Candles were lit -- hugs were exchanged. Everyone who showed up were there to remember Zina Daniel, Cary Robuck and Maelyn Lind.
One year ago, Radcliffe Haughton opened fire at the Azana Salon and Spa, killing his estranged wife Zina and two of her co-workers. Four others were wounded before Haughton ended his own life.
The family of Cary Robuck recalls how as a young mother, Cary worked hard to always provide for her daughter.
"For us she was our shining star her beautiful smile and golden blonde hair brightened every room she walked into," said Shawn Sheffler, Cary Robuck's partner.
A friend of Lind says Maelyn always dreamed of becoming a beautician, wife and mother.
"Unfortunately the rest of her dreams were cut short and she became a dream in the blink of an eye," said Ralph Zalewski.
The brother of Zina Daniel describes a loving mother and friend who always put others first.
"She was a good sister a good daughter she loved everybody around her she wanted to make everybody comfortable," said Elvin Daniel.
Those gathered called for action in overcoming mental illness and domestic abuse.
"If we can open the door for other women, children and men who are trapped then that would be a blessing to come out of this tragic situation," said Carmen Pitre, Executive Director of Sojourner Family Peace Center.