Ex-wife of Seal Beach shooting suspect remembered


Michelle Fournier's ex-husband, 42-year-old Scott Dekraai, remains behind bars, accused in the shooting spree at Salon Meritage.

Hundreds gathered at Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos to remember the 48-year-old, who had worked as a hair stylist at Salon Meritage for more than a decade.

"She had a heart of gold, and a real true friend to anyone that knew her," said Pam Wilson, a family friend.

Dekraai was arrested minutes after the shooting. The district attorney has said he plans to seek the death penalty against him.

In court documents, Fournier alleged that Dekraai physically abused her during their marriage. They divorced in 2007 and were involved in a custody dispute over their young son since then.

The two had just attended a court hearing the day before the shooting rampage.

Fournier leaves behind her family, which includes three children, and a lot of friends.

"She's just a bubbly, wonderful, fun, fun person, and we're really going to miss her," said Robyn Juhasz, another friend.

The program for the memorial service said Fournier's family would like to thank the community of Seal Beach for their love and support.

On Monday, dozens of businesses in the Bay City Center, a Seal Beach shopping center, will donate a portion of their proceeds to the families of the victims.

Also on Monday night, the Seal Beach City Council will be given an update on the emergency response to the salon massacre.

Dekraai appeared in court on Monday afternoon to be appointed a new attorney. He's charged with eight murders, and one attempted murder in the case.

Dekraai was originally represented by a private attorney. But he told the court that he can't afford one, so he was given a public defender.

How to help

The Fannin family established a memorial fund to benefit all the families of those killed in the shooting. Supporters can donate online at www.salonmeritagefund.org.

The city of Seal Beach, the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce and Watson & Associates announced the establishment of the Seal Beach Victims' Fund account at the Bank of America at 208 Main St. in Seal Beach. Donations may be mailed or delivered to the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce or the Bank of America with checks made payable to the Seal Beach Victims' Fund. Credit cards will also be accepted.

Additionally, those wishing to host a fundraiser, special event or related activity are encouraged to do so in coordination with the Chamber of Commerce, which is functioning as a clearinghouse for all such events.

See photos from the scene of the Seal Beach shooting.

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