Tricia Asselin, 53, died a hero while attempting to phone for aid after Wednesday’s horrific shooting in Lewiston, Maine, according to her sister.
Asselin, Bobbi-Lynn Nichols’ younger sister, accompanied her to Just-In-Time Recreation, a bowling alley where Asselin worked part-time. A gunman then began fire soon before 7 p.m. It was one of two shootings in minutes that killed 18 people and wounded 13.
As of Thursday afternoon, the suspect, Robert Card, was still being sought by investigators, who described him as “armed and extremely dangerous.”
Asselin had the day off, but she invited her sister to bowl with her.
They were bowling when they heard a “loud pop,” recounts Nichols, who didn’t know it was a gunshot until the second shot.
“We were just running, and I kept saying: ‘I want my sister out of there,'” she said. “And she dialed 911, putting herself in his way by attempting to get help.” She is a hero. “My sister is a hero.”
Nichols said she and others raced out of the bowling alley, describing the scene as a “stampede.”
“We just wanted to run as far as we could,” she said.
When she got outdoors, she found her sister wasn’t there. She claims Asselin was shot as she reached for her phone to dial 911.
“My sister was the most kind, most honest, most giving person you would ever meet,” Nichols said. “She would give you her very last penny.” She’d raise money for folks she’d never met.”
Asselin was an athlete who coached little league in Auburn, Maine, according to her mother, Alicia Lachance.
Lachance wishes for her daughter’s kindness to be remembered, noting that Asselin just raised $900 for a breast cancer walk.
Nichols agrees with Lachance and says she wishes to do something to remember Asselin’s memory, possibly at the 2024 breast cancer walk.
“I would walk for her,” she replies, her eyes welling up with tears. “I would do it.”
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