It's been one year since a shooting at Cost Cutters in Sioux Falls took the life of 24-year-old Amanda Connors. On September 11th, 2012, a gunman kidnapped his two children from a daycare in Sioux Falls and took them to Cost Cutters where their mother worked. After the gunman shot and killed Connors, he held his children and several Cost Cutter employees hostage inside the 41st Street business. The gunman eventually let everyone go before taking his own life. It's been a long year of recovery for Amanda's friends and co-workers, especially the coworkers who experienced that horrible day first hand.
Kaylee Spolum is the General Manager of Cost Cutters. She said she thinks about Amanda all the time. "Everyone kind of handles it a bit different, but you know it's getting a lot better. We definitely think of her everyday. I have a picture of her in my office. There's definitely things daily that remind me of her. She's literally on my mind on a daily basis. She's definitely not someone you can easily forget."
Alissa Doom was working at Cost Cutters on the day Amanda was killed and is remembering all the good things about her on this one year anniversary. "Amanda was the type that if you met her one day, you would just know her and just remember her always," said Doom. "She was just always happy, always smiling, always cracking jokes, just a person that you wanted to be around."
To help in the recovery process, Amanda's friends and coworkers will be holding a Cut-a-Thon at the 41st Street Cost Cutters to raise money for the Amanda Connors Memorial Scholarship at Stewart School.
Doom says that having the fundraiser is helping her to grieve. "I didn't want to come to work on that day. I kind of just wanted to stay home and curl up in a ball, and this is going to make me get out there and do something for her to remember her by and hopefully turn it around into a good day instead of a day that you only think about bad things," said Doom.
"She definitely had a big heart and she was all about helping people so I just feel like we're carrying out her memory that way, I feel like that's something she would have wanted," said Spolum.
The Cut-A-Thon begins Wednesday, September 11th at 9:00a.m. and goes until 6:00p.m. The proceeds from all haircuts and donations at that location will go to the Amanda Connors Scholarship. They are asking for a minimum donation of $10 per haircut. Everyone in the community is invited to come out to remember and honor Amanda Connors.