A year after Shannon Collins was fatally stabbed in Santa Cruz

May 3, 2013

Next week marks a year since a Santa Cruz business owner was stabbed to death as she walked down Broadway just before noon.

Shannon Collins, 38, who owned Camouflage on Pacific Avenue with her husband, was walking to a hair appointment when Charles Edwards III stabbed her.

Edwards, a San Francisco native, had recently been released from parole and made his way to Santa Cruz, raising concern in the community about whether the local reputation of being a sanctuary city needed to be dealt with.

The 43-year-old Edwards has spent most of his adult life cycling through the state’s correctional system and state mental health facilities. He spent a few nights at the Homeless Services Center in Santa Cruz before stabbing Collins to death in what police called an unprovoked attack.

Local neighborhood watch organization Take Back Santa Cruz is raising money for the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center in honor of the one-year anniversary of Collins’ death.

For more information about donating, go here, or donate online.

Meanwhile Edwards remains in a state mental hospital, where he was sent in September after being declared incompetent to stand trial. ¬†Edward will remain there for treatment until authorities decide he “has been restored to competency.” Previously, his public defender, Anthony Robinson of Biggam, Christensen and Minsloff in Santa Cruz, commented that the system had repeatedly failed Edwards, who has long suffered mental illness and substance abuse-related problems.


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