The recent Craigslist murders have shocked us all. Among those killed is a Massillon man who touched many lives. Both friends and strangers came together over the weekend to remember Tim Kern and to help his family.
Kern was one of three men killed while answering a phony help wanted ad posted on Craigslist. Norma Broomfield, the Floor Manager at Scott Talbot Salonspa in Canton, knew Kern as a loving father of three sons, who coached her son's baseball team.
"Tim was good with the kids and an amazing baseball player. He taught the kids amazing with baseball. He was just a good guy with a big heart," Broomfield recalled.
She organized a benefit at the salon Sunday. Anyone getting a haircut, manicure or pedicure would help raise money for the Tim Kern Family. "He wasn't a man who would ask for help. He was a hard working person who was trying to take care of his family," she added.
Brennan Dunlap, 17, of Canton, has known the Kern family since he was a youngster. He said Tim Kern was like a second father to him. "He was a very loving person and caring person to his kids. He definitely put his kids in front of him before anything, and always made time for them," Dunlap said.
The stylists and nail technicians, who never met Tim Kern, donated their services for the benefit. "It was a horrible tragedy that happened, and I would do anything to help in that time of need," stylist Melissa Albaugh said.
People from the community donated raffle baskets and baked goods for the benefit. All monies raised at the Sunday salon event is to go directly to the family of Tim Kern.
Donations to the Tim Kern Benevolent Fund can be made at any First Merit Bank.