Coworkers of slain teen say she made work fun
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – There’s no doubt a good scoop of ice cream can help solve many of life’s troubles.
However, not even a banana split from the North Temple Leatherby’s Family Creamery could fix the news Gwendolyn Robinson got from her sister Tuesday morning.
“I’m still trying to put it together in my head,” said Gwendolyn Robinson. “When she told me, I said no, no, and then she pulled it up on her phone, and I just had to sit down for a minute.”
Robinson and her sister co-own the restaurant and can’t believe one of their workers, Baleigh Bagshaw, 15, was killed in her home Monday.
“She’s always walking through that door and I’m going to be expecting her tonight and she’s not going to show up,” said Robinson.
She says Baleigh worked at Leatherby’s for about a year and was one of the best employees they ever had.
“If she’s late, she always gave me a call. If she had something wrong, she always let me know,” said Diana Nguyen, who also co-owns the restaurant. “If she couldn’t call, her mom would call me. She has a good mom.”
It’s not just her work ethic they will miss.
They say her personality was the type that would light up a room, especially when things got busy.
“She still had a smile on her face, and she worked until the end of the day, and she’s joking. She’s a very good girl,” said Nguyen. “We love her a lot. She loved the hot fudge brownie and she ate one at least once a day on mostly the nights that she worked.”
They say Baleigh was friends with everyone and had a way of making sure work was a fun place to be.
Robinson recalls how she loved bright colors and would often wear colorful items in her hair.
“She had a bubbly personality,” said Robinson. “The thing I’m going to miss about her is I would always crack a joke and she’s come right back at me and did something to it and we would all end up laughing.”
It’s the kind of laugh you don’t get just by eating ice cream.
“We’re trying to keep our cool and trying to keep the tears down because we won’t want to make the customers, you know, upset. We’re trying to hold it in. It’s hard,” said Robinson. “I hope they find whoever did this.”
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