Brian Hayes was one of the three people killed in the senseless grocery store massacre in Pennsylvania on June 8, and his family is hoping to share his life with the public so that his memory will not be forgotten and to raise funds to help out his daughters and wife.
Hayes, 47, was one of eight children. He grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, and after graduating from Columbia High School, he served in the US Navy for eight years. He loved his country and was proud to serve. He learned how to operate nuclear propulsion ships, served on the USS Eisenhower, and was deployed to the Middle East during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
He was also a loving, doting, father and husband who left behind his wife, Tina, their 7-year-old daughter, Caitlyn, and stepdaughter, Rachel, 13.
After his time in the military, Hayes moved to Springville, Pennsylvania, and eventually began working at Weis supermarket in Eaton Township. His life tragically ended when a disgruntled employee, identified as Randy Stair, crept into the store and opened fire, killing three employees, including Hayes.
Hayes was described as a quiet and gentle man. There was absolutely no logic in why anyone would want to harm him. His family is heartbroken and devastated, including his daughter, Caitlyn, who’ll never be able to receive hugs and kisses from her dad that she’d grown so accustomed to.
Becki, Hayes’ sister-in-law, set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to help out her sister and nieces. She wrote that expenses during this time have become overwhelming. Although it will not bring Brian Hayes back, it can at least help ease the tremendous financial burden his family now faces.
“The expenses at this time are great. The loss of Brian’s income will be devastating for his wife and daughter. Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. It is not the amount that is important because we know your heart is to help in any way that you can. Thank you for the support of our family.”
For more information about Brian Hayes and to contribute to the family, visit his official GoFundMe fundraiser page.
[Feature Photo: Family Handout]