Memorial service for Zina Haughton
Todd Hicks and The WTMJ News Team
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MILWAUKEE - Friends and family struggled to fight back tears as they reflected on the life of Zina Haughton.
It was nearly a month ago that Zina's husband burst into the Azana Spa in Brookfield, killing her and two other women. Four others were hurt.
Zina's father was the first to speak Sunday at his daughter's public memorial. He says the outpouring of support he's seen for Zina has made the unbearable a little easier.
"This is a great comfort for my wife, myself, my daughters and my son," Alfred Daniel says.
Zina's father told mourners he was extremely proud of his daughter, who he said tried to stop the violence before anyone died.
"She stood there and said 'Kill me, but don't kill the innocent women behind me,'" Daniel says.
The family continues to support each other as the sorrow of losing Zina lingers on.
"We're there for each other and that's all we can do for now," Zina's brother, Elvin Daniel, says.
Zina's brother also told those in attendance the system failed her. He's calling for stricter gun laws and says he'll work with groups to make sure something like this doesn't ever happen again.