Owner of Azana Salon & Spa: 'Our hearts are broken'

Oct. 23, 2012

Brookfield - Her voice cracking with sadness, Azana Salon & Spa owner Tami Gemmell said Tuesday afternoon at a news conference, "Our hearts are broken over the loss of our colleagues."

Gemmell spoke at Westmoor Country Club, located next door to her salon in which three workers were killed and four others were injured Sunday during a shooting spree by the husband of one of her stylists. She thanked police and the community for their outpouring of love and concern.

Of Zina Haughton, 42, the wife of Radcliffe F. Haughton, who had opened fire at the salon and then later killed himself, she said: "Zina was one of the hardest workers I've ever known. She loved doing hair and gave her heart and soul to her clients. She was an extraordinary mom and a friend to so many."

Another of the victims, Cary L. Robuck, 35, "was the biggest sweetheart" who lived for her daughter and her family, Gemmell said.

The third victim, Maelyn M. Lind, 38, "was an amazing mom and a new grandmother" who she said was cheerful and always smiling.

Gemmell said she realized that the deaths were a big loss for her clients as well as those who worked at the spa.

"The relationship between a stylist and a nail tech and their clients is unique and personal," she said.

She said her top concern now is for her employees, her clients and their loved ones.

She said a fund had been established for victims' families at Associated Bank in Brookfield. Anyone wishing to donate may submit a contribution at any Associated Bank in Brookfield or call (262) 784-3370 for information.

She added, "I hope that if there is anything good to come of this, it is that we, as a community, open a serious dialogue about domestic violence."

She did not take questions.

Nancy Wilkes, speaking for Gemmell and the salon, said the four who were wounded in the attack included staff and clients. Three remain in the hospital.

Gemmell has owned the salon for 12 years. She was returning from an out-of-state trip Sunday and was not at the spa when the shootings occurred.

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