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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."

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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