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Family members remember Brookfield shooting victim Maelyn Lind

Charles Benson

Family members remember Brookfield shooting victim Maelyn Lind

CREATED Oct. 23, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 23, 2012

BROOKFIELD- The family of Maelyn Lind is talking for the first time about a woman who is now being called a hero.  Lind was just 38-years-old when she was killed in Sunday's shooting at the Azana Salon and Spa.
Her heartbroken father opens up about his beloved daughter.
"I can not begin to tell you how much she is missed," said her father Keith Hanson.
Lind's family says she was a hero and angel.  A hero for how she acted Sunday, and an angel for the way she lived her life.
"We lost my mom way too early from this tragedy," says daughter Kaela Lind.
Family was Maelyn Lind's world.  Being a mother and grandmother wasn't just a title, it was an inherent way of life.
Perhaps it was that motherly instinct -- as the family has learned -- that called Maelyn to save the life of Zina Haughton's daughter from the gunman's rage.
"Maelyn had intervened to save Zina's daughter, and I said, 'It didn't surprise me, that was Maelyn,'" said her father.
The family says Maelyn and Zina not only worked together but they were friends and she was well aware of Zina's marital problems.
The family's spirits are lifted by those who loved and will miss Maelyn, but their hearts are broken and the burden is great.
"We are having a hard time dealing with this, losing her it's…we are in a totally different world," said Hanson.
The family says it has been touched by the outpouring of support, especially from the Sikh community.  Back in August, seven people were killed when gunman Wade Page opened fire at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek.

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