Twice Makaela Zabel-Gravatt tried to get a protective order against Christopher Wirfs. Twice she was denied.
“He was a client of hers. He has been stalking her for six to eight weeks,” her aunt, Chris Dahl, told the Statesman.
Zabel-Gravatt, 32, works at Ambitions Salon.
Wirfs, 35, of Boise, was arrested and charged with shooting Zabel-Gravatt Saturday evening while she was in the backyard of her North End home.
Due to the pending investigation, Dahl and Zabel-Gravatt’s husband, Travis Gravatt, said they could not discuss details about the stalking or shooting.
Zabel-Gravatt remains hospitalized. Her condition has been upgraded from serious to stable and she has been able to see her four children, ages 6 to 13, Dahl said.
“We want to thank our family, friends and the community for the outpouring of love and support. It really has been quite extraordinary,” Dahl said.
“Makaela is the biggest shining star,” Dahl said.
A GoFundMe.com campaign has been set up to help pay for Zabel-Gravatt’s medical expenses.
Wirfs was arraigned Monday afternoon on three felony charges — aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of weapon. The judge set his bond at $1 million.
His preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 25 before Judge Michael Oths.