|Help sought by family of murdered woman|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Monday, 12 May 2014 09:14|
A Bowling Green couple are working to raise money for a memorial service for their family member, Tracey Zielinski-Koepfler, who was attacked and killed in a brutal incident in Sumter, South Carolina, on May 3.
They are also helping to raise funds for the education of one of her daughters, Makayla Hafling, who also was injured in the attack.
News outlets report that authorities arrested Jason Dustin Compton, 33, of Sumter County, South Carolina, following the incident on charges including murder, two counts of attempted murder, kidnapping and attempted criminal sexual conduct.
Deputies were called to the Sumter residence and found Compton outside smoking a cigarette. Hafling, bleeding from the head, reportedly then ran out of the home and told police Compton had beat her and Zielinski-Koepfler, 44, with a hammer. She was found inside with severe head trauma and later died at a hospital. Another woman that deputies said had also been physically assaulted by Compton was found in the home.
Sonya Zielinski, Bowling Green, whose husband is Zielinski-Koepfler's brother, created a gofundme.com project on May 5 to raise money to return her to Ohio for a memorial service. As of this morning they had raised $7,720 of a $15,000 goal. The project has already received more than 1,200 shares on Facebook. The memorial service was set for Saturday at Neville Funeral Home, Holland.
A college fund has been set up for Makayla Hafling at Fifth Third Bank, and donations may be made to the fund in her name or mailed to: Fifth Third Bank, 275 S. Main St., Bowling Green, OH 43402, Attn: Caleb Frankart, Personal Banker. Mailed donations should be specified for Makayla Hafling.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:15|
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