Grocery Store Shooting Victim Rachelle Godfread: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Rachelle Godfread


On Wednesday night, Rachelle Godfread was shopping at Martin’s grocery store in Elkhart, Indiana, when she and 20-year-old Krystle Dikes were shot dead. 22-year-old Shawn Walter Bair entered the store armed with a semi-automatic handgun and a hunting knife, apparently set on committing mass murder. Here’s what we know about Rachelle and the circumstances of her tragic death:

1. Police Believe She Was Chosen at Random

Rachelle Godfread


Sgt. Trent Smith of the Indiana State Police told the Chicago Tribune that a search of the gunman’s home turned up no evidence that her knew either of the victims. However, they do believe the killer’s actions were planned well in advance of Wednesday night. When police arrived Godfread and Dikes both already dead, lying twelve aisles apart.

2. Police Arrived Within Three Minutes of the First Call

Shawn Walter Bair, Indiana Grocery store shooting

Screenshot via ABC News

Two Elkhart Police officers happened to already be in the area of Martin’s on an unrelated call. They arrived to find Bair with his semi-automatic pointed at a shopper’s head, and succeeded in shooting Bair dead before he could take another life.

3. She Was a Mother

Rachelle Godfread
Godfread’s Facebook timeline features post referring to sons Joe and Mike.
Rachelle Godfread
Joe posted the news of her death to his Facebook earlier today.
Joe Godfread, Rachelle Godfread

4. Her Killer’s Facebook Was Filled with Warning Signs

Shawn Walter Bair

Shawn Bair (Facebook)

Shawn Walter Blair’s Facebook timeline is filled, almost exclusively with posts expressing hatred and fantasies of murder:
Shawn Walter Bair

Shawn Walter Bair, Indiana grocery store shooting

One post from three years ago describes how “some ticking times bombs” are meant to go off:

how some ticking time bombs were meant to explode:

Shawn Bair, Shawn Walter Bair

5. Godfread Shared Quotes On Facebook From Tina Fey and Mother Teresa

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She shares Tina Fey’s “A Mother’s Prayer for Her Child,” which begins “First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbols for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.”
Rachelle Godfread

She also shares this, from Mother Teresa:

Rachelle Godfread

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