News| Remembering the Women Killed In Kalamazoo shooting

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Picking targets seemingly at random, a gunman went on a hours-long rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Saturday night, driving around the city and opening fire on unsuspecting victims — a woman outside an apartment complex, a father and son eyeing cars at an auto dealership, a group of women parked at a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

Six people died, and another two were seriously injured — including a 14-year-old girl who had been pronounced brain dead but squeezed her mother’s hand as doctors were preparing to harvest her organs, police said. Amid the carnage, her survival stood out as a miracle, authorities said.

The suspected killer, a 45-year-old Uber driver named Jason Brian Dalton, was in custody Sunday but had not been charged, police said.
Dalton has no record of criminal history, nor anything in his background “that would lead us to believe he was capable of this type of behavior,” Kalamazoo Police Chief Jeff Hadley said Sunday morning.

Dalton, who is expected to be charged Monday, apparently acted alone and there was no continuing threat to the community, Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said. Uber’s chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, said Dalton had passed a background check to become a driver. The company was “horrified and heartbroken” and had offered to help investigators, he said.Local NBC affiliate WOOD reported that Dalton may have taken fares in between attacks.

The first shooting occurred around 6 p.m. local time at the Meadows Town Homes in the city’s northwest, where one woman was shot several times but survived, police said.

The next burst of gunfire happened more than three hours later, when police were called to a car dealership, where Rich Smith, 53, and his 17-year-old son, Tyler, were shot dead, authorities said.The father and child were looking at cars when they were gunned down, according to Robin Buchler, the superintendent of Mattwan High School, where Tyler was a student.

A few minutes later, the gunman approached a Chevrolet Cruze and a Oldsmobile Silhouette minivan in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel. He briefly spoke to the people inside and then “unloaded his weapon into both cars,” Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said. All four people in the Cruze, including a 14-year-old girl, were hit, along with the sole occupant of the minivan. All but the girl died.

Michigan State Police identified the deceased female Cracker Barrel victims as Mary Lou Nye, 63, of Baroda, Michigan; Mary Jo Nye, 60, of Battle Creek, Michigan; Dorothy Brown, 74, of Battle Creek; and Barbara Hawthorne, 68, of Battle Creek.

Source: NBC News

Here’s what we didn’t know about the female victims of Kalamazoo:

Mary Jo Nye, 60

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Mary Jo Nye was a retired teacher and had long taught at Calhoun Community High School, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported.
Even after her retirement, she attended graduation ceremonies at the alternative charter school, the Enquirer reported. To many students, she was like a mother.

Barbara Hawthorne, 68

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Barbara Hawthorne, also a Battle Creek resident, was in the back seat of Nye’s Chevrolet.According to her Facebook profile, she hailed from Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Dorothy Brown, 74 {NO PICTURE FOUND}

Brown, also a Battle Creek resident, was in the back seat of Nye’s Chevrolet at the time of the shooting. She studied at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek and previously worked at a local McDonald’s, according to her Facebook profile.

Mary Lou Nye, 62

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Nye, a resident of Baroda, was in an Oldsmobile van at the Cracker Barrel parking lot. She and Mary Jo Nye were sisters-in-law, WOOD TV reported.

A friend of her family set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral costs and other expenses.

We are praying for the families of these
victims!

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