Update: October 20, 2017 11:38 AM Eastern
A second moderator has died in the line of duty. Benjamin Donbar was in critical condition since Monday night.
According to VFTG Moderator Bria Savage, Donbar died Thursday afternoon.
Donbar, 29, died from stab wounds to his arm, rib cage and chest, allegedly at the hand of Pink Team West Moderator Sally Brock and her brother Kent Morgan for their role in a deadly bench-clearing brawl on the set of Vote for the Girls that resulted in the death of Peta-Alyce Kaizer, 22.
Brock and Morgan remain in the Allen County Jail charged with two counts of murder and four counts aggravated assault. If convicted, Brock and Morgan each could be given the death penalty, serve a life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, or between 45 and 65 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Vote for the Girls Founder and Webmaster Ava Zinn released a statement on Friday afternoon regarding the incident.
Ava Zinn Statement Regarding October 16, 2017 stabbing on VFTG USA set
(MARION and FORT WAYNE) Following the stabbing deaths of Vote for the Girls Moderators Benjamin Donbar and Peta-Alyce Kaizer on the night of October 16, 2017, Vote for the Girls USA Founder, Webmaster, Host, and Execuitive Producer Ava Zinn issued the following statement:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the respective families of Benjamin (Donbar) and Peta-Alyce (Kaizer) tragically lost their lives on the Vote for the Girls USA set at Stage 47. As we mourn the deaths of our moderators and grieve with Benjamin’s wife Sonia Donbar and Peta’s girlfriend Nadia Lorenzo, we also must work with the local police department, the community to ensure the overall safety of our staff on Vote for the Girls.
The incident that occurred on the set on the evening of October 16, 2017 was clearly a classic and complex case of workplace violence. This incident is primarily a dispute between moderators on the Pink and Purple Teams, fans of the fans of the moderator panelists (customers/clients) that went unresolved and escalated to this level of workplace violence, and to a lesser extent, fans of Ava Zinn’s Vote for the Girls picks of Lindsey Sterling on the twenty-fifth season of Dancing with the Stars and Addison Agen of the thirteenth season of The Voice.
On October 16, 2017, security guards on the set of Vote for the Girls observed and responded to a bench-clearing brawl between several of Vote for the Girls Moderators on the Pink and Purple Teams and Zinn’s Villains on the Red and Blue Team that quickly escalated into the workplace violence incident that took the lives of Benjamin Donbar and Peta-Alyce Kaizer as well as did some physical injuries to yours truly (Ava Zinn – additional injuries suffered were mental and emotional trauma), Nadia Lorenzo, Marla McClinton, and Andrea Coolranch in addition to severe property damage including a laptop computer that did crash and is need of being repaired and no funds available to repair the equipment.
Our security guards, referees, along with local law enforcement’s cooperation are investigating this incident to determine the nature and motive for this workplace violence incident that occurred on the evening of October 16, 2017. .
Based on the information that I have at this time, as the founder, webmaster, host, and executive producer of Vote for the Girls USA, production of Vote for the Girls USA is suspended indefinitely. What this means for fans of VFTG is that no new episodes will be posted until further notice, yet the episodes impacted will be aired in a “Classic Vote for the Girls” episode, yet fans are encouraged to stay up to date on the VFTG website and on all platforms.
Additionally, I have spoke with NoSirGifts Fantasy Television Stations and Distribution President and CEO Jackson Steele about the future of Vote for the Girls USA and the potential possibilities of several wrongful death lawsuits. I have personally made arrangements with mental health counselors/therapists in Marion and Fort Wayne to be made available to our moderators as well as their colleagues outside Vote for the Girls as they had seen five deaths on the VFTG set in 2017 alone.
More details will be available as time progresses.”
Zinn stated there are no immediate plans for Vote for the Girls closing despite the five moderator deaths dealt in 2017.
Original Story: October 17, 2017 7:30 AM
FORT WAYNE, IN (VFTGUSA) — Officials say six moderators were stabbed during taping of an upcoming episode of Vote for the Girls USA.
Security Guards responded to the VFTG set on Monday and located five moderators with stab wounds and cuts. The injuries were being described as non-life-threatening.
VFTG Pink Team North Moderator Alexandra Moffitt said the incident unfolded just after 8:10 p.m. after several moderators on the Pink Team West got angry over a bad call during screening of “The Voice” and “Dancing with the Stars” by a referee and started a fight that turned out to be deadly.
Spectators in the audience said that Purple Team West Moderator Janet Webb threw the first punch. Then moderators on the Purple Team and Pink Team people joined in, including spectators, moderators, and villains. One of the moderators, identified as Pink Team West Moderator Kent Morgan and Sally Brock, pulled out a knife and stabbed five people, the security guard said.
Kathi Jameson, a moderator on the Purple Team East said four of the stabbing victims identified as Nadia Lorenzo, Benjamin Donbar, Marla McClinton, and Andrea Coolranch. Security said Donbar had cuts to his rib cage, along with Lorenzo and McClinton suffering cuts to upper arm, rib cage and jaw, Coolranch suffering a broken leg after being cut on the forearm while a fifth identified as Ava Zinn was injured on her left forearm and neck. A sixth, identified as Peta-Alyce Kaizer, was not so fortunate.
Four of the victims were taken to a local hospital were treated and released. Zinn refused medical treatment as Zinn’s injuries did not warrant treatment. Meanwhile, Kaizer was rushed to Parkview Regional Medical Center in critical condition and died from her injuries early Tuesday morning.
Security said Morgan ran away while Brock was arrested on the set. Sally Brock is currently in the Allen County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and six counts of assault.
This story will be updated.
Peta-Alyce Kaizer and Benjamin Donbar are respectively the sixth and seventh moderator to die in the past two seasons and fourth and fifth moderator death of 2017 after Perri Johnson, Holly Everman, and Kymberly Alvaraz.