Walk Planned for Slain Business Owner

Shannon Collins, co-owner of a lingerie and adult store in Santa Cruz, was fatally stabbed on Broadway.

By Breena Kerr
|  Saturday, May 12, 2012  |  Updated 5:13 PM PDT
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Walk Planned for Slain Business Owner

The walk, called "I am Shannon," has been organized by the group Take Back Santa Cruz and will trace the route Collins would have taken to get back to her store at 1329 Pacific Ave. on the day she was killed.

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Members of the community are scheduled to walk in honor of slain Santa Cruz business owner Shannon Collins this Monday.

Collins, a Live Oak resident and co-owner of the Camouflage lingerie and adult store in Santa Cruz was fatally stabbed at 11:52 a.m. on Monday while walking down the 300 Block of Broadway to get her hair cut.

Police arrested suspect Charles Anthony Edwards III, 43, of San Francisco minutes later on suspicion of killing Collins.

In a statement on Tuesday, Santa Cruz police called the attack, "senseless, unprovoked, and random," and said they were still trying to piece together the sequence of events leading up to the crime.

The walk, called "I am Shannon," has been organized by the group Take Back Santa Cruz and will trace the route Collins would have taken to get back to her store at 1329 Pacific Ave. on the day she was killed, according to Take Back Santa Cruz Founder and President Analicia Cube.

"I'm hoping that on Monday we can come together...we're lifting her spirit up, but we're also lifting her family's spirit up, to carry part of the burden," Cube said.

Cube said that Collin's husband, with whom she co-owned Camouflage, was "devastated" by his wife's death and noted that the walk is not part of Collins' memorial service.

The walk will begin at the corner of Campbell and Broadway at 6:30 p.m. and end at Collin's store, Camouflage on Pacific Avenue.

Cube said that in the hours since she announced the walk, more than a hundred people had already said they would come.

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