June 28, 2016

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Fundraiser to help hostage victim with expenses

Friends of Rahna Fahringer, the victim of a hostage standoff in Brunswick last year, are hosting a fundraiser Wednesday at Buffalo Wild Wings to help her with expenses.

“We’re just trying to do something to reach out and help her. We really feel badly for her,” said Rahna’s ex-husband Mark Fahringer, who, along with his family, has been helping Rahna with her recovery.

Rahna Fahringer

Earlier this year, a state investigation concluded a SWAT team shot and injured Fahringer on Dec. 1 as authorities tried to end a 30-hour standoff in which she was held hostage in her Brunswick home by her former boyfriend, Terrance Abel.

She had sought a restraining order against Abel just a few weeks earlier.

Rahna Fahringer was shot by Abel in the leg at the beginning of the standoff and was hit in her right arm and left hand when SWAT teams entered her Jefferson Avenue home.

Abel was killed in the standoff, however a report investigating the details of the shooting didn’t draw any conclusions as to whether he died of a self-inflicted wound to his head from the 9 mm gun or from six wounds from bullets fired by SWAT team officers.

The injuries Fahringer sustained have made it difficult for her to return to work. She said her doctor hasn’t cleared her to return to a desk job because she doesn’t yet have the fine-motor skills back in her hands that would allow her function as a secretary or office assistant.

“My whole life, all I’ve ever done is office work,” Fahringer said. “It’s frustrating being patient and trying to regain that use in my fingers.”

Just before the hostage situation, Fahringer was supposed to start a new job. With work on hold and medical bills piling up, Fahringer said it’s been difficult to care for her two children and make the monthly payments on the home she moved into in 2009 through Habitat For Humanity.

Fahringer put more than 300 volunteer hours into the home and had made the payments on her mortgage until the shooting.

She said even some everyday tasks present problems, like turning a key in the ignition of a car or grasping small handles and doors.

“I’m progressing, but it’s just going very slowly,” Fahringer said. “I just can’t seem to get my fingers to do what they’re supposed to do.”

Buffalo Wild Wings, 5050 Eastpointe Drive, Medina Township, on Wednesday will donate 15 percent of food purchases and nonalcoholic drinks to the Rahna Fahringer Benevolent Fund at FirstMerit Bank. Attendees must bring a flyer with them that can be found on Facebook — the “Rahna Fahringer Fundraiser” page and the “Support Rahna Langley Fahringer and Her Children” page.

The fundraiser runs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Fahringer said she hopes to be there for most of the day to thank those participating.

Mark Fahringer said the restaurant also will make a donation on takeout orders.

“If you can’t make it out to the fundraiser, maybe if your office is ordering out for lunch you could consider Buffalo Wild Wings,” he said.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.