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Family: Brookfield salon shooting victim was a hero

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OCONOMOWOC (WKOW) -- The family of Maelyn Lind, one of the three women killed in a mass shooting Sunday, says she died a hero.

Lind's father, Keith Hanson, says he was told by a sheriff's deputy that Maelyn intervened with the gunman to save the daughter of Zina Haughton.

Police say Haughton's estranged husband, Radcliffe Haughton, shot and killed his wife, Zina; Lind; and their co-worker, Cary Robuck, when he opened fire at Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield.

Hanson says his daughter did what was right and that she died a martyr.

"She was Zina's friend and she knew all about the whole mess that was going on. And it does not surprise me at all that she stepped in to save somebody else's life," Hanson said Tuesday night.

Lind's daughter spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since her mother's death.

"My mom was the most caring, loving, outgoing woman who was full of life and compassion. She worked very hard and took great care of us. Best of all she was the coolest mom. I could only hope to be as great a mom as she was. She was my best friend," said Kaela Lind.

The Maelyn Lind Family Memorial fund is set up at the BMO Harris Bank in Oconomowoc on Pabst Farm Circle.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

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