Name of victim of fatal Merrill shooting released

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the family with funeral expenses


The name of the victim in the fatal shooting that occurred late the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at a home on E. Fifth Street in the City of Merrill has been released.

Twenty-eight-year-old Kayla M. Frank of Merrill, daughter of Lynn and Michael Frank, was pronounced deceased at Aspirus Merrill Hospital. Life-saving measures were performed on scene prior to transport to the hospital.

Kayla leaves behind three children between the ages of four and eight. The children are being cared for by family members, her mother confirmed.

“She was extremely loved by a lot of people,” Lynn Frank, Kayla’s mother, said in a brief interview Thursday afternoon.

Friends and family members have set up a GoFundMe page, and Kayla’s mother has confirmed the funds will be used to help pay for Kayla’s funeral. Donors can contribute at: Generations Funeral Home in Tomahawk is assisting the family with arrangements.

“We are asking the community to come together to let the family say goodbye without worries,” the GoFundMe page reads, in part. “I hope everyone can open their hearts . . . ”

Preliminary charges against the shooter, who is in custody, are focusing on homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon by a felon who should not have been in possession of a firearm due to his previous felony convictions.

This incident is still under active investigation, and additional charges have not yet been ruled out.

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