BELLINGHAM - The staff at Blessings Salon Spa called Abigail Gulotta a daymaker.
With her smiles, her kindness and her willingness to help, she just made people's days, said salon owner Aryon Kwiatkowski, who called Gulotta a friend.
Kwiatkowski was still in shock Thursday, Aug. 7, after Gulotta, 59, was killed over the weekend in her basement apartment in the 600 block of 12th Street. Police are still searching for her killer.
"She'd walk into a room and smile and make people feel happy, so it's really sad," Kwiatkowski said. "It's a tragedy. It's definitely a heartbreak."
Gulotta was "multitalented," she said, and had worked at the Fairhaven salon for about a year and a half as a hairstylist, aesthetician and nail tech. She had recently moved to the area from the East Coast, and Kwiatkowski believed she had family here.
Gulotta was the kind of employee who always showed up half an hour before she was scheduled, to start to get set up for appointments, so when she was 40 minutes late for work Sunday, one of her fellow stylists knew that something was wrong, Kwiatkowski said.
The stylist went to Gulotta's home to check on her and saw Gulotta's body when she peered inside. The stylist was in shock after the awful discovery, and so was everyone who knew Gulotta, Kwiatkowski said. Gulotta had been working at the salon on Saturday until it closed at 5 p.m., but Kwiatkowski didn't know what she might have done after work.
She'll be dearly missed, Kwiatkowski said.
"She definitely had a very kind heart," she said. "She always had a positive attitude. She was the type of person who looks at a glass like it's half full instead of half empty."