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Maria Hartman, left, and Katie Paul hug after placing flowers at a memorial sign at Martin's Super Market in Elkhart on Friday. (The Elkhart Truth | Jennifer Shephard)

Mom says shooting victim liked grocery job

ELKHART – The young woman killed in a northern Indiana grocery-store shooting had just started working there months earlier, while the shopper who died was the mother of a college basketball player.

Twenty-year-old Krystle Dikes and 44-year-old shopper Rachelle Godfread were fatally shot at the Elkhart store Wednesday night by a gunman who was killed by officers inside the Martin's Super Market, police said.

Juanita Whitacre said her daughter had started working at the store since moving back to her hometown of Elkhart about a month ago from Muncie, where she worked with a stepbrother who is a registered gun dealer.

"She was trying to create a more peaceful existence for herself," Whitacre told The Elkhart Truth. "She said she enjoyed that about Martin's because she could work at night, didn't have to talk to anybody. She could just put her headphones on, listen to music and stock shelves."

State police said Dikes was stocking shelves when 22-year-old Shawn Walter Bair, of Elkhart, shot her, then fired shots at another worker who escaped injury before killing Godfread several aisles away.

Whitacre said her daughter also had been babysitting some children with special needs.

"She had talked to me about wanting to start a day care someday," Whitacre said. "That was kind of a dream of hers. We had talked about her plans to go back to school."

Godfread's 20-year-old son, Joe, is a sophomore member of Indiana University-South Bend's basketball team, which plays at the NAIA level.

The basketball team gathered Wednesday afternoon at a meeting that included leaders from the campus counseling center and Student Affairs, school spokesman Ken Baierl told the South Bend Tribune. Counseling was offered, along with any other support the students and coaches needed.

Joe Godfread attended Evansville North High School before playing his senior year at Elkhart Central High School, according to IUSB's website.

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