Azana Salon and Spa owner overwhelmed by support from the community
Annie Scholz reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
BROOKFIELD- The owner of the spa where a gunman killed three people is breaking her silence as the community copes.
Answering questions for the first time since the spa shooting is the Azana Spa and Salon owner Tami Gemmell.
"The support and love we've gotten from this community has been overhwhelming. It's been inspiring," says Gemmell.
Gemmell says she saw it first hand when she spent Tuesday visiting salons that were part of the Cut-It-Out fundraiser for the cause.
"Nobody can relate to what we are going through here, and I think they are just so overwhelmed by it they want to help in some way."
Her tone got more serious on the topic of gunman Radcliffe Haughton's relationship with his wife Zina, one of three women killed, and four more injured. Zina had a restraining order against Radcliffe Haughton at the time of the shooting.
"We had no knowledge of anything," explains Gemmell.
Gemmell says she's stayed in contact with the victims' families and her injured employees, who she says will have their jobs waiting for them.
"Absolutely, absolutely 100 percent."
She knows those employees may not be ready by the time the salon opens, if ever.
"We're one big family and I'm going to make sure each and every one of them is taken care of."
The salon is scheduled to open December 1. Gemmell says it will, no doubt, be an emotional day.