Family of slain Milan, Ind., woman express relief

COLERAIN TWP., Ohio - Dawn Evans hadn't been able to sleep after her mother, Nancy Hershman, was found murdered in her home eight days ago. However, that changed early Sunday morning when police called to tell her they arrested three people.

"My mom is an angel," said Evans fighting back the tears. "And she's in heaven with my dad now."

Investigators with Indiana State Police along with assistance from the Colerain Township Police Department arrested 22-year-old Allison Moore and two 16-year-old juveniles at their residences in Colerain Township on Saturday.

"Investigators determined this incident was a random act and the suspects were driving around and came to Indiana and decided to break into a home," said Sgt. Noel Houze with Indiana State Police in a press release. "Once inside, they were apparently confronted by Mrs. Hershman and during the confrontation, Mrs. Hershman was shot and killed."

"If this was an act of they went to rob her, all they had to do was knock on the door and every last penny in her purse she would have handed it to them," said Evans. "That's just the kind of person she was."

Moore is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a preliminary charge of murder. The two juveniles are at the Juvenile Detention Center in Cincinnati facing juvenile charges in connection with the murder.

Bouquets of flowers adorn the front of the First Baptist Church in Milan where Hershman served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.

"She loved kids so much and for kids to do this is very disheartening to me," said the pastor of First Baptist Church of Milan, Reverend Harris Long. "She wanted to see a building built for the community so kids would be able to come and share and families could come and be a part of. It was a great vision and one of the dreams of her life."

According to her obituary, Hershman also drove a school bus for Milan Community Schools for 25 years. She previously worked as an aid for the special education department at the schools. Hershman also served as manager of concessions and food at the Versailles State Park and was a longtime member of Milan Rescue 30, having served as the organization's president for several years. She had also served as a board member and caretaker of Craven Cemetery for several years.

"If they asked, she would have given them any thing she wanted," Rev. Long said. "Only in God's wisdom will we understand this. She had faith and trusted Him to get through all the struggles in her life. We need to trust that faith to get through in our lives over what has happened to her."

The family has asked memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati.

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