Brother of salon shooting victim is on a mission


by Laura Rodriguez

Elvin Daniel says he used to see his sister, Zina Daniel, about once a week and didn't have a clue she was being abused by her husband.

Zina was the estranged wife of Radcliffe Haughton, the gunman who came into the Azana Salon & Spa and shot and killed 3 women.
As per the request of Zina's family, she is now being referred to by her maiden name, Zina Daniel, instead of Zina Haughton.

Elvin Daniel also told CBS58's Laura Rodriguez he never heard Zina's husband screaming or even raising his voice, and assumes his sister just didn't come over if her bruises were visible.

"Victims are always looking for safe people so as a community, the number one thing we need to do is be aware, educate ourselves and be that safe person," said Carmen Pitre, Co-Executive Director of the Sojourner Family Peace Center.

Elvin Daniel is the oldest of four siblings, Zina was the youngest.

"I really remember her smile and how she always wanted to serve others," said Daniel.

Elvin Daniel described the day of the shooting as frustrating. Now he wants to turn this tragedy into a message of hope for victims of domestic violence and will hold a public memorial service along with other family members and the Sojourner Family Peace Center on Sunday.

Zina's brother feels helping other victims has become his mission from God.

"The system clearly failed Zina, obviously, she is no longer with us, so we need to find things, we need to have laws in place to protect people that can't protect themselves," said Daniel.

Some of those laws Elvin Daniel suggests are a type of GPS monitoring device for people with restraining orders and tougher firearm restrictions.

"We have to agree that some people just shouldn't own guns," said Daniel.

Daniel says he is so grateful for the outpouring of support.

"This just reminds me that there are still good people in the world," said Daniel.

The memorial service will be held Sunday, November 18th at 1:30pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. It is open to the public.

Domestic violence victims are encouraged to attend.


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