Family And Friends Remember St. James Shooting Victims
SAINT JAMES, MN- Family, friends and members of the community shared not only sorrow, but celebration for Joyce Engelbrecht and Rachel Schulz Linder.
Joyce Engelbrecht, who died at the age of 67, was born in Blue Earth and worked as a supervisor with Quality Control at Tony Downs Foods for many years.
Her family describes her as a kind hearted woman who always looked to help the community.
Friend of Joyce, Daniel Thompson says, "She was always giving. At one of the lowest points in my life she helped me out. Now she has her wings. She's going to be missed by very many people. She was a great friend."
Family member James Andrews says, "Joyce, she was loving and caring. She would give anyone the time of day and the shirt off her back. Any help you needed she was there for you."
Her daughter, Rachel Linder, who passed way at 43 years old, moved to Saint James in 2016 and worked as a paramedic, CNA & TNA at Good Samaritan Society as well as at Winfair Elementary in Windom as a para–professional.
Her hobbies included traveling, spending time with her family and riding motorcycles.
A member of her family says she called the summer time activity "wind therapy" and riders who knew Linder showed up in full force.
Andrews adds, "They have both touched many hearts throughout their entire lives. They have both been taken way too short. This is a senseless act that should've never have happened in the first place. They should both be here and it has hit everyone in a hard way. I hope people realize it can happen anywhere."
A go fund me page has been set up to help the family.
Joyce's husband Scott Engelbrecht has been charged in connection with the deaths and faces two counts of second degree murder and one count of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
Engelbrecht is due back in court Tuesday.
- KEYC 12