8 Killed in SoCal over a custody dispute


On Wednesday October 12, 2011, eight people lost their lives at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, California. According to the Los Angeles Times, Scott Dekraai entered the salon in the early afternoon and opened fired on the clientele and workers of the busy salon. Witnesses assert that the people in the salon fell to the floor and sought cover in the bathroom and closets. After Dekraai finished his heartless massacre, he escaped, but was shortly apprehended.

According to the article, it appears that Dekraai entered the salon looking for his former wife, Michelle Fournier. Dekraai and Fournier were involved in a bitter custody battle over the couple’s son.

Unfortunately, these types of atrocious events are not uncommon. On December 26, 2008, a man dressed as Santa Claus killed nine people who were attending a family Christmas party in Covina, California. The murderer, Bruce Pardo later committed suicide.  Like the massacre in Seal Beach, Bruce Pardo was enraged over a contentious divorce and custody dispute with his ex-wife, Sylvia.

Divorce and custody disputes can be extremely combative. Both parties involved have a lot on the line. Unfortunately, people going through these disputes lose sight of what is truly important, their children. Instead, individuals going through these types of disputes allow their anger for their ex-spouse cloud their judgment; sometimes making them do horrible things such as the above-mentioned massacres. In both cases, the children of the divorcing couple lost both of their parents over something that could have been resolved in a civil manner. Moreover, innocent bystanders paid a very high price for being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

For continuing information on the massacre you can go to www.losangelestimes.com