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After the funeral for Michelle Fournier at Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos, family friend Jim O'Kane releases a white dove in memory of Fournier. He then released seven more birds in memory of the others slain in a shooting rampage Oct 12 at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Stacy Ward, left, sister of victim Michelle Fournier, and Cliff Richards, right, father of salon shooting victim Christy Wilson, hug people outside Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos during Fournier's memorial service.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

After the funeral for Michelle Fournier at Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos, Fournier's father, Joe Burke, left, and family friend Jim O'Kane smile as they watch the release of eight white doves in memory of those slain at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

People stand outside Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos before the funeral of Michelle Fournier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Seal Beach interim Police Chief Robert Luman, right, arrives with fellow officers to Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos for the funeral of Michelle Fournier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

At a memorial for Michelle Fournier in Long Beach, Linda O'Kane -- a longtime salon client of Fournier's -- calls for the crowd to release scores of teal balloons. Teal was Fournier's favorite color.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Shooting suspect Scott Dekraai looks at his attorney, Robert Curtis, during Friday's arraignment hearing, which was postponed. Dekraai is accused of killing eight people in Wednesday's shooting at a salon in Seal Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Members of the Beach Futbol Club grieve at a candlelight vigil outside Salon Meritage. Shooting victim Michele Fast's daughter is a member of the soccer club.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Hundreds gather for a vigil outside Salon Meritage in Seal Beach to mourn victims of Wednesday's mass shooting.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Amid a growing makeshift memorial at Salon Meritage, Mary Stearns of Huntington Beach writes a message in chalk after posting a photo of her friend and slain salon owner Randy Fannin on a window.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Ashlyn Bolt, 22, of Seal Beach places flowers in front of the salon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Jameel Assad of Seal Beach says a prayer for the victims. "I prayed, God please let all these people rest in peace," he said. "And forgive the man who did this insane act."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Meritage stylist Jeffery Segall, left, hugs friend Larry Perrettano, shown with his wife, Phyllis, as they pay their respects at the salon. Segall took the afternoon off the day of the shooting because a client had canceled his appointment. The three spoke about what a good person salon owner Randy Fannin was: He visited Phyllis when she was in the hospital, and did her hair and nails.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Sandra Dick of Garden Grove weeps for her friend Laura Webb, a stylist. "I was just here not long ago to give her flowers for getting married.... Now I'm back here placing flowers for her death," Dick said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A note in the makeshift memorial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A note in the makeshift memorial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A part of the makeshift memorial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

People pay their respects at the salon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

In front of the door.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

City officials hold a news conference at the Seal Beach Pier on Thursday to discuss the massacre.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Acting Police Chief Tim Olson at the news conference.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Seal Beach residents after the news conference.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Visitors weep as they look at the makeshift memorial at the salon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Seal Beach residents David Allister Stewart Maxwell and Ina Garner watch the news conference at the pier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A young woman weeps as she views notes, flowers, candles and balloons at a memorial for shooting victims.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A note is placed amid flowers and balloons at a memorial for victims of the shootings at Salon Meritage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A photo of Randy Fannin, the owner of Salon Meritage, and his wife, Sandi, is posted at a memorial for shooting victims.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A photo posted by Mary Stearns shows salon owner Randy Fannin giving her daughter a haircut.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Family and friends gather on the front lawn of shooting victim Christy Wilson's home to pay tribute to her.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

A photo of shooting victim Christy Wilson with her husband, Paul, was placed at a memorial in front of her Lakewood home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Shooting victim Christy Wilson in a family photo with her husband, Paul, and three children.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Paul Wilson, husband of shooting victim Christy Wilson, is comforted by a friend in front of a memorial for her in front of his Lakewood home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, of Huntington Beach in a booking photograph released by the Seal Beach Police Department.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Seal Beach Police Department / REUTERS

Police officers stand with a man who was being held in a patrol car at the scene of the arrest of a suspect near the Salon Meritage in Seal Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reed Saxon / Associated Press

A picture of two of the victims, Michelle Fournier and Kristy Richards Wilson, has been taped to the window near the door of Salon Meritage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Carly Hecht holds back tears while she drops flowers off at Salon Meritage, where a steady stream of people stopped by to drop off tributes to the victims.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Fellow salon owner and a friend of the victims, Donn Lopez, kisses the window of Salon Meritage in Seal Beach on Thursday morning, a day after eight people were fatally shot.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A steady stream of mourners pays respects at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A cross lies on the driveway of the home of suspected gunman Scott Evans Dekraai in Huntington Beach in the 16000 block of Melody Lane.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A Seal Beach police officer checks the door at Salon Meritage on the morning after eight people were shot to death and a ninth was wounded.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Flowers and a poem are left at the door of Salon Meritage, the scene of a shooting that left eight dead and one seriously wounded.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Mary Stearns, a longtime friend of Salon Meritage owner Randy Fannin, cries in front of the shop on the day after the business was the target of a gunman who killed eight people and wounded a ninth.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Flowers and a poem are left at the door of Salon Meritage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Investigators from local and federal agencies confer outside Salon Meritage, where a gunman opened fire, leaving eight people dead.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Family members and friends comfort one another outside a community center a block from where eight people were killed when a gunman open fired in Salon Meritage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Orange County police investigate a shattered passenger-side window on a Range Rover at the scene where eight people were killed when a gunman open fired in Salon Meritage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Body armor, ammunition clips and other objects recovered from the vehicle possibly belonging to the suspect in the salon shooting are displayed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Orange County sheriff's deputies, agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Seal Beach police personnel inspect a vehicle possibly belonging to the shooting suspect.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Police officers with the man suspected in the shootings at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reed Saxon / Associated Press

Police officers and detectives gather at the door to Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, where a gunman killed eight people. A ninth victim is in critical condition at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

An SUV with a shattered side window is cordoned off with police tape near Salon Meritage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

People in a hair salon in the same Seal Beach shopping center as Salon Meritage react to news of the shooting.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Friends and colleagues pray together outside the scene where a gunman opened fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Judy Watson, left, consoles Livia Chiurazzni at the scene where a gunman killed eight people at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach. A ninth victim is in critical condition at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Chiurazzni works at the salon next door.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

A Long Beach police officer tries to calm bystanders near the salon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Police officials check out the scene in front of Salon Meritage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times

Police officers and firefighters gather in the parking lot next to the salon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Lachman

A police officer escorts a woman away from a business next to Salon Meritage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Police escort a salon worker away from the scene.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Police discuss the shooting in the parking lot next to Salon Meritage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times

A police officer restricts access to streets around Salon Meritage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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A gunman opened fire inside a Seal Beach beauty salon Wednesday, killing eight people. A ninth victim was seriously wounded and remains hospitalized. Police said the gunman acted alone.

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44 Comments

  1. October 12, 2011, 6:24 pm

    The police officer in picture 11 is from the Long Beach Police Department, not Seal.

    By: Alex
  2. October 12, 2011, 7:42 pm

    My name is Jena Hargrove from Ville Platte, LA
    My prayers & hearts goes out to the familys & loves one for their lost. I truely know how it feels dealing with this situation. I will keep u guys in my prayer, take care, & also if ya'll need anything please contact me @ hargrove_jena@yahoo.com

    By: jaidpromo@gmail.com
  3. October 12, 2011, 8:20 pm

    My prayers go out to the families who were affected

    by this tragedy, what a sad world we live in when people choose to disrupt the lives of people….Just make me sick with all this violence!!!!!

    By: CeeCee
  4. October 12, 2011, 8:30 pm

    this is more sadness what has our proud country come to when we have to be afraid everywhere.

    By: scovel40@live.com
  5. October 12, 2011, 9:20 pm

    Pray for them but God didn't do these innocent people any favors, now did he? Blind devotion is pitiful.

    By: Brad
  6. October 13, 2011, 12:57 am

    A Seal Beach PD spokesman said they had requested assistance from many police departments in the area in OC and Long Beach. He said they needed the help because of the magnitude of the crime and SBPD was not used to handling this many murders at once. So Alex, that's why there's a pic of a LB police officer in the pic.

    By: lit
  7. October 13, 2011, 5:31 am

    This sick man had been threatening to do this for a long time. The police did not take it seriously. So sad. We have to wait and see a tragedy like this for the courts to do something.
    It is so sad for the survivors. Not one person on that tragic day will ever be the same.
    God bless the survivors of this tradgedy.
    All of us should see the movie "Courage".
    Take life seriously and also so tenderly. . Love, learn and forgive.
    God Bless
    Cynthia Chidester

    By: mothym
  8. October 13, 2011, 7:44 am

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  9. October 13, 2011, 8:21 am

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  10. October 13, 2011, 8:34 am

  11. October 13, 2011, 9:24 am

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  12. October 13, 2011, 9:53 am

    this should be an eye opener to many. People act and react in terrible ways and any given time ,place or reason. Regardless of race,sex,belief,town u live in or come from ,negativity can happen.
    Our creator did not make this happen, just allowed to happen. May His Blessings be upon them all.

    By: lawr3nc3@mail.com
  13. October 13, 2011, 10:04 am

    "Pray for them but God didn't do these innocent people any favors, now did he? Blind devotion is pitiful. "– calling someone pitiful when they are simply reaching out with words of sympathy & caring during a time of tragedy? SHOCKER. you should keep your thoughts to yourself if that's all you have to say. pathetic.

    By: Candice
  14. October 13, 2011, 10:05 am

  15. October 13, 2011, 10:15 am

    My sympathy to all the loved ones of these precious people. What a creative person Randy Fannin was, his shop that he must have worked so hard to set up and name so personally. A sick mind is a dangerous weapon to all they touch, our society has got to start paying attention to signs these sick ones show us, and stop their actions before they kill.

    Guest fr. mid-west

    By: rrrcscr
  16. October 13, 2011, 11:01 am

    Yes, definitely, those friends and family need our prayers to help them deal with this. Their lives are forever changed. For the person who posted that we have blind faith and God didn’t do them any favors, please remember, God gave mankind the gift of freewill. Our faith is what helps us deal with what some people do with that free will.

    By: suzanne h
  17. October 13, 2011, 11:11 am

    We here in Africa are also saddened by such a gruesome killing of innocent people. We pray that The Almighty will heal the broken hearts of the loved ones left behind. God bless Seal beach, God bless California, God bless America

    By: TAVASIKA
  18. October 13, 2011, 11:55 am

    We all must wonder exactly at what point a man snaps. I had been involved in a custody battle for 10 years before finally settling. By that point, my ex had my daughter hating me and wanting nothing to do with me. Parental Alienation is a pox on our society and the worst form of child abuse. It takes away from a child one of their parents. We hear about these cases from time to time but only when the father decides to take action. No doubt something similar happened in this case.

    By: dadinexile@mail.com
  19. October 13, 2011, 2:30 pm

    Pray for them but God didn’t do these innocent people any favors, now did he? Blind devotion is pitiful….and you call them pitiful? Keep your pitiful, inappropriate comments to yourself. And what makes you ASSUME people who have faith do so out of ‘blind devotion’? you are ignorant.

    By: Theresa
  20. October 13, 2011, 3:00 pm

    which is exactly what he was trying to do to the mother, take away all of her parental rights. now this child must suffer without his mother for the rest of his life and a crazed lunatic for a father.

    By: a friend
  21. October 13, 2011, 3:26 pm

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  22. October 13, 2011, 4:52 pm

    Not really. He's just saying how he feels. How are you any more right them him?

    By: zoom5090@rock.com
  23. October 13, 2011, 5:40 pm

    I know I was just pointing out that he was from LBPD because previously they had the caption as "A Seal Beach police officer"

    By: Alex
  24. October 13, 2011, 6:00 pm

    Fierce trials are allowed to peel away the dross….no crown will be given if we can not carry the cross.eiram42@comcast.net

    By: eeireira
  25. October 13, 2011, 6:50 pm

    Alex, It's actually picture 10, not 11. Are you Alex R?

    By: freewall@msn.com
  26. October 13, 2011, 11:05 pm

    That poor little boy, he did nothing to deserve losing his mother, and now after what has happened…. hopefully his father will be put away for life and he grows up into a wonderful young man. He does have hope if whoever now raises him, only puts his best interests at heart . I send my sympathy to that little boy and to everyone else that lost a loved one and or friends in that terrible and senseless crime. Nanny Weez

    By: Nanny WEEZ
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  29. October 14, 2011, 5:33 am

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  30. October 14, 2011, 7:03 am

  31. October 14, 2011, 10:41 am

    This man seems as if he had been boiling for a long time. I am sure people were aware and I am sure some law inforcement people were aware. But the anger in his heart escalated to rage. The question then is how do we force someone into counseling and force them to see that the anger has to be dealt with? Usually by the time someone boils over it is too late. Such as this case. There has to be a way to nip this mid-way but I have no ideas and the police's hands are tied until they actually do something. With a pile of guns and amo at home someone should have been able to get this guy into a safe place. But then our laws allow us to have guns…multiple guns. I don't have a practical anwser does anyone else have one?

    By: Elise J.
  32. October 14, 2011, 1:04 pm

  33. October 14, 2011, 1:46 pm

    Hattie is a beautiful person and so is her family. She is my husband's cousin, so it affects our family personally. What an awful event! It's way past time police listen to women who are abused on going through any sort of custody/divorce battle w/a spouse. They can become dangerous, as we have all seen. May God bless Hattie, Tom and the rest of her family. We love you. Sammy and Pat McKee

    By: pzmckee@verizon.net
  34. October 14, 2011, 3:46 pm

    Rather than prayers, we need mental health care for mentally ill people.

    Prayer doesn’t work. Google “harvard prayer study” sometime and read the facts.

    By: Ginger K
  35. October 14, 2011, 8:44 pm

    Really alot of this goes back to the court systems inability to handle child custody cases.and the parents inability to co-parent.Sounds like his fault and hers…Its all about the well being of the children (that means mom,dad,your children need both of you,and you have to get along wether you like it or not.Animosity turned to rage,then to a mass slaying.(this guy was completely nuts)Murder stays with your soul,nothing can save him now.Let him rot in solitary for the rest of his life.Court systems(lets put a focus on the estranged couples getting counciling on how to parent after divorce)_Last Fact (i know this country was built on the right to bear arms but give me a break,the guy was Bi-polar and had a cache of weapons?)England does not have this kinda problem! My heart goes out to the vics and their families but this did not have to go down like this.

    By: microdot1
  36. October 14, 2011, 8:56 pm

    So your telling me crazy man slaughtering 8 people just has to ask for forgiveness and he will be sitting next to you in heaven,oops,sorry,ive taken Jesus into my heart so now all is forgiven,this is one of the parts of Christianity that makes no sence at all.

    By: microdot1
  37. October 15, 2011, 10:34 am

    Well Said

    By: Jen
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  39. October 17, 2011, 3:41 am

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  42. October 21, 2011, 8:39 am

    this is so sad

    By: lil mama@aol.net
  43. October 25, 2011, 1:06 am

    My understanding is that Michelle did NOT file the restraining order with the PD, nor call them about his recent threats, her co-workers stated SHE also didn't take him seriously. But all of that aside, and even if she had, the man was crazy, had it well planned out. and anything less than a 24 hr bodyguard with his gun locked and loaded, would not have changed the outcome. Pray for the victims, their families and friends. I think it would take a great deal of time, love and support to come to terms with such a senseless loss. And her young son is going to need years of therapy to get through this.

    By: Rita
  44. October 25, 2011, 8:42 am

    But prayer is a super great way to feel like you're doing something even though you're not doing anything at all. It's like the spiritual version of changing your Facebook picture to a cartoon character to fight against child abuse. It's not going to do a damn thing, but you can think of yourself as a good person while still expending minimal actual effort.

    By: ZNT

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