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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- It's been one year since a lone gunman opened fire at Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield. When the shooting was over, three women were killed and the gunman was dead too.

On Monday, October 21st, there were two types of observances going on. A memorial to the victims of the spa shooting is set to be held at Milwaukee's City Hall at 6 p.m.

womenEarlier in the day, there was a "Call to Action" event -- also to remember the shooting victims. Nine women were seen laying on the ground at the corner of Wisconsin and Jackson in downtown Milwaukee. Their outlines were drawn in chalk. The message -- each week in this country, nine women are shot to death by their husband or intimate partner.

"In the past year, abusers with guns have taken from us in Wisconsin, mothers, hair stylists, and cops walking the beat," said Anneliese Dickman of the Wisconsin Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "We're here today to say, 'Enough.'"

"Congress, you not only have the authority but the responsibility to stop these tragedies. Don't let more innocent people die," said Heidi Rose of the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort.

This coalition is demanding universal background checks for gun ownership, including internet sales and gun shows.

Zina Daniel

Zina Daniel

To champion the cause is Elvin Daniel, the brother of spa shooting victim Zina Daniel.

"Had there been a background check done, there is a good possibility that Zina would still be with us today," said Daniel.

The gunman was Zina's estranged husband -- Elvin's brother-in-law.

"I also strongly recommend a three-day waiting period," said Daniel. "For crime of passion, there's a good possibility that within three days, maybe a person would change their mind and not go through with the shooting."

Daniel was given letters and messages from more than 1,100 people supporting universal background checks. He'll be taking those to Washington, D.C. Daniels has already been to Washington two other times. He's talked to lawmakers door-to-door and says he won't give up.

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