A sad Mother’s Day for family of slain Ohio nurse’s aide

Posted at 11:58 AM, May 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-14 11:58:28-04

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The family of a 48-year-old mom of five children is in mourning this Mother’s Day, after her slaying at the Ohio nursing home where she was a nurse’s aide.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) that Cindy Krantz is being remembered as a kind person who loved her kids. She, nurse Marlina Medrano, 46, and Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario, 36, were killed in the Friday attack.

Suspect Thomas Hartless, 43, was found dead inside the nursing home in Kirkersville, a village of some 500 residents, about 25 miles (39 kilometers) east of Columbus.

Authorities said Sunday they didn’t immediately have any new information to release. They have said they are looking into the relationship between Hartless and Medrano, who had obtained civil protection orders against him in connection with domestic violence cases.

In the nearby city of Pataskala, Krantz’s family said she liked to help others.

“One of the things that I fell in love with was she had a really big heart,” husband Chris Krantz said.

He said she would give neighborhood children ice cream and round them up to take them to Sunday school.

“She took care of me and loved me,” said her youngest son, Christopher, 10.

She was going to be a grandmother for the second time. Daughter Allison Burnett, 19, is pregnant.

“Hopefully, it’s a girl,” Burnett said. “And it will look like her.”