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A Boardman bakery opened to a line of customers on Thursday looking to buy cupcakes to honor one of their employees who was murdered in her Salem home.
Samantha Shasteen, 32, worked as a cake decorator at Clarencedale Cake on South Avenue in Boardman until she was murdered June 5.
Her coworkers made 140 dozen cupcakes, or 1,680. Handel’s Ice Cream also donated 300 ice cream sandwiches for the bakery to sell, with all proceeds going to the family and Shasteen’s surviving 4-year-old daughter.
“She was just a sweetheart and just the best person,” said Clarencedale Cake owner Devin Bennett. “I mean we knew her beyond being an employee and she was about as good as a person as you could expect or hope for.”
The fundraiser on Thursday raised approximately $9,000.
The man accused of killing Shasteen is her live-in boyfriend, Mason Feisel, 34, of Oak Street and Boardman. He is being held in the Columbiana County Jail on $1 million bond. His case was bound over to a Columbiana County grand jury on Thursday.
Police said Feisel moved to a home near the bakery a few months ago and Salem Police Det. David Talbert said police learned Shasteen had ended their relationship and was planning to go out with a friend, possibly a man, on the night she was killed.
Police arrested Feisel while he was cutting his wrists. Shasteen’s father, Gary Shasteen found Feisel the morning of the murder, causing Feisel to flee. He was eventually found hiding in bushes in a neighbor’s backyard.
Sources told WKBN Feisel confessed to killing Shasteen, who police found in the bathroom of her 2017 Oak St. home.
Salem Police Det. David Talbert testified Thursday how the defendant told him how he sometimes turns into the Hulk and snaps, and made several attempts to kill himself following the alleged crime.
Talbert testified Thursday that her father, Gary Shasteen, told police at the scene that Feisel killed her. He told police the door was locked, but he owns the home and has a key. He said he found his daughter in the bathtub and she was cold to the touch and bleeding from the back of her head, Talbert testified.
He also said officers found the defendant sleeping in a folding chair in the garage. The vehicle was running inside the garage and there was a hose running into the passenger side window from the exhaust.
Investigators said Shasteen died from strangulation, but an autopsy has not been completed.
“There is clearly two theories as to what happened,” said Feisel’s, attorney Charey Kidder. “We’ll have our opportunity. We had some opportunity today, and we’ll have further opportunity to present our side later.”
Talbert testified that Feisel told officers he and Shasteen had a “tumultuous” relationship. He said the couple met four years ago at culinary school and Shasteen became pregnant with their daughter. He said the couple’s relationship was on and off and volatile at times.