MILWAUKEE -- A memorial was held on Sunday, November 18th to remember and pay tribute to Zina Daniel -- one of three women shot and killed inside the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield nearly one month ago.
Daniel was killed by her husband, 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton when he entered the salon and opened fire. Two others lost their lives, and four others were injured. Haughton eventually turned the gun on himself.
Following the shooting, it was discovered there was a history of domestic abuse issues between Haughton and Daniel, and just days before the shooting, Daniel had been granted a four-year restraining order against her husband.
At the St. Paul's Episcopal Church (914 E. Knapp Street) Sunday, Daniel's brother, Elvin Daniel and Carmen Pitre with the Sojourner Family Peace Center spoke about using Daniel's death as a call to action, and said they hope this tragedy will encourage other domestic violence victims to speak up.
Family members and friends wore purple ribbons Sunday in honor of Daniel and domestic violence victims everywhere.
Elvin Daniel said his sister's restraining order did little to protect her from her estranged husband, Radcliffe Haughton.
"Changes must be made to prevent another tragedy like this. The best way we can keep Zina's name alive is to prevent this from happening again to another person," Daniel said.
Daniel has proposed a new law in Zina's name. The law would allow law enforcement to track abusers with restraining orders against them using GPS devices that emit a signal if they approach their victim.
"That device would alert authorities, and the victim can find a safe place," Daniel said.
Daniel said he plans to work with lawmakers like Rep. Jon Richards (D - Milwaukee), who says Zina died because of a broken system.
"When we start the next session of the Wisconsin Legislature, we will be introducing measures to address what happened to Zina," Rep. Richards said.
Meanwhile, a friend of Zina's said she will honor her another way.
"I will try to live a better life and be a better mother because of her," Renea Parenteau said.
Zina's father said he will take comfort knowing she died trying to protect others.
"Zina did not go in vain. She was a hero," Aldred Daniel said.
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