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Full Coverage of Seal Beach Shootings

Catch up on all the developments involving the slayings, the victims, the suspect and the aftermath.

From newest to oldest, here are links to all of Patch's shooting-related stories:

Healing Circle Forms Around Salon Meritage

  • Four weeks after the killing spree, dozens gather around the site to spread their goodwill.

  • Hattie Stretz and husband Tom send an open letter to rescuers and the community, and promise to be "out and about" again.

Another Suit Filed in Salon Massacre

  • Christy Wilson's husband files suit against Scott Dekraai, the alleged Seal Beach salon killer. Michelle Fournier's family has also gone to court seeking damages.

The Untold Story of Massacre's Improbable First Responders

  • Construction workers just yards from where a man was shooting up Salon Meritage raced to the scene without concern for their own safety. Two former Marines and an EMT among them, they treated the wounded and comforted the dying.

  • The man accused of opening fire and slaying eight at Salon Meritage pleads innocent. Relatives of victims vow to attend every hearing and watch him be executed.

  • The lawsuit against alleged shooter Scott DeKraai is designed to quickly freeze his assets, including property in Seal Beach.

  • Police say Scott Dekraai also stopped at his son's school on the day of the massacre. "I know what I did," he told the arresting officer.

Family Court Records Outline Dekraai Legal Wranglings

  • Scott Dekraai and ex-wife Michelle Fournier were locked in a battle for control of their young son when Dekraai allegedly shot her and eight others in a Seal Beach salon 

Victims' Families Scream at Dekraai in Court

  • Emotions bubble to surface as defendant Scott Dekraai makes his first court appearance. Lawyers hint at insanity plea and change of venue for trial.

Residents Discuss Shooting at Town Hall

  • Topics include the alleged killer's trial, an update on Michelle Fournier's son and praise for police and paramedics.

  • City Council, police chief and prosecutors commend work that led to arrest of alleged salon shooter before he could cause more harm.

  • Siblings say they supported her ranking in the household. Says son: “We’re just waiting for the moment when we realize everything’s going to be OK."

  • Inside the salon: A scene-by-scene reconstruction of the Seal Beach shooting.

  • In the final funeral for Salon Meritage victims, hundreds celebrate her generosity, talent and "Italian mama" personality. Her daughter speaks of going on without her.

  • Scott Dekraai tells the judge he can't afford a private attorney.

  • High cost of defending a death penalty case cited as possible factor.

  • "Eight Birds" tribute video performed by two Los Alamitos High grads.

  • She drove with a lead foot, baked a mean boysenberry pie, loved hair metal bands, and sneezed in threes. Hundreds gather to remember this wife and mother.

  • Mourners find some comfort in a lengthy poem she wrote a month before her death.

  • At her funeral Mass, the 65-year-old is eulogized as a generous host, fine cook and spiritually strong person.

  • As toddlers cavorted on the grass, jets zoomed overhead and birds chirped softly in the trees, Randy Lee Fannin was gently laid to rest at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana.

  • Sirens racing through Old Town jangle nerves nine days after the Salon Meritage massacre.

  • The Laguna Beach resident is recalled for her joyful spirit and impact on other lives.

Shooting Victim Michele Fast Praised as Selfless, Favorite Child at Mass

  • Siblings say they supported her ranking in the household. Says son: “We’re just waiting for the moment when we realize everything’s going to be OK."

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  • Friends and relatives gather for the first memorial for a shooting victim.

  • Harriet Stretz, 73, headed home after surviving two bullet wounds and losing her daughter in last week's massacre.

  • Seal Beach police release chilling audio recordings from the scene, including a call from someone hiding in a back room of the salon. Patch was first to post these audio clips.

  • Shot in his Land Rover in the parking lot outside Salon Meritage, he was the last victim of the rampage.

  • Tens of thousands of dollars roll in for families of victims.

  • Hattie Stretz, 73, continues to rebound after being in critical condition.

  • Long before a crippling tugboat accident sent him spiraling downward, Scott Dekraai exhibited unsettling behavior.

  • Symptoms to watch out for and what parents can do to help.

  • The day before the shootings, Scott Dekraai's attempt to gain full custody of his son hit a roadblock. Frequent stalking is also described.

  • "Hey, we got some shootings over here in Seal Beach," says a man who watched the suspect leave the salon.

  • Raw emotions surface at defendant Scott Dekraai's first court appearance. Lawyers hint at insanity plea and change of venue for trial.

  • At an emotional press conference, the district attorney describes the killings as merciless, methodical executions.

  • A look at the court feuds preceding the shootings.

  • Several funds have been set up in honor of the victims' families. Local salons host fundraisers.

  • A moving tribute takes place outside the salon.

  • Hattie and Tom Stretz enjoyed a life of retirement, a life that was shattered with Wednesday's salon massacre in Seal Beach.

  • Police release the official roll call of the dead as details about the rampage continue to unfold.

  • You don't have to live in Seal Beach to feel effects from last week's tragedy, experts say.

  • Remembering Randy Fannin.

  • Experts offer insights into what makes a mass killer tick.

  • Residents and former residents use Facebook to share expressions of sympathy over the massacre at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach. "My heart is breaking for my city," says one.

  • A roundup of news items from the day after the shooting.

Cal State Fullerton Slayings Set the Bar on Terror

  • Edward Charles Allaway had been the author of the deadliest killing spree in Orange County history—until Wednesday.

  • Police name the eight people who died in Wednesday's mass killing at Salon Meritage. Details about the rampage and its aftermath continue to unfold.

  • A compendium of information on the suspect in Wednesday's massacre.

  • On the night of the slayings, Patch broke the story of accused killer Scott Dekraai's downward spiral after a 2007 tugboat accident.

  • Our initial news report, updated continuously. Patch was first to report a custody-fight connection to the slayings.
Edgar October 22, 2011 at 02:26 PM
What is wrong with people today , this article below shows the complete disregard for our counterparts, what makes this "Councilman think that he is above it all because he lives in Seal Beach......?????" It is just another city in the LA basin...nothing special..... A Compton-based civil rights group is demanding an apology from a Seal Beach council member who suggested that the shooting massacre that left eight people dead in the quiet coastal city last week would have been more likely to happen in Compton. At a memorial for the victims last week, Councilman Gordon Shanks, 76, said, "These things are not supposed to happen here. Maybe in Compton." ShA Compton-based civil rights group is demanding an apology from a Seal Beach council member who suggested that the shooting massacre that left eight people dead in the quiet coastal city last week would have been more likely to happen in Compton.
Tonto October 22, 2011 at 05:25 PM
if it was a beauty shop in Arizona or other states where guns can be carried the slob would have been dealt with quickly.
Edgar October 22, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Amen to that.....again America has lost sight of what it once was......

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