The Hastings family

The Hastings family

Zoe Hastings, a Lake Highlands resident, Booker T. Washington graduate and eldest of five siblings was found dead early Monday at the hands of a yet unknown killer.

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Well-known Lake Highlands resident Ginger Greenberg is sister to Zoe’s aunt, and she set up a page to raise funds for the family, she let us know, so they can stay home together as they grieve:

“Zoe was an outstanding young woman on the cusp of starting her life. She was loving, kind, hard working and full of life … preparing to go on her mission, she was on her way to an evening church service when she went missing. After a frantic search, Zoe was found murdered in a creekbed …,” reads the request. “Her life was cut short on October 12, 2015 by an unspeakable tragedy.  She was the oldest of five children, with three little sisters and a brother who adored her. Zoe’s parents, Cheryl, a nurse, and Jim, a teacher, loved and adored their oldest child beyond words, and were so proud of her accomplishments.”

Jim Hastings is an art teacher at Merriman Park. Check back at for updates.