SEAL BEACH (KNX 1070) — The family of a hair stylist killed in a shooting rampage at a Seal Beach salon has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the alleged gunman, Scott Dekraai.

The parents of the late Michelle Fournier have hired attorney Eric Traut, who says the action against Fournier’s ex-husband aims to provide financial support for their orphaned 8-year-old son, KNX 1070 Newsradio reported.

Traut says the suit seeking unspecified damages would tap into Dekraai’s assets, allegedly in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, in order to compensate Fournier’s family for the loss of a loved one.

“This wasn’t a heat of passion, heat of the moment as he might try and argue because of a custody fight over his kid and that may have precipitated his anger but he certainly had hours to think about it, to contemplate it and that’s what really is so disturbing about this case,” he said.

Fournier’s parents are also trying to transfer guardianship of her son to Fournier’s 26-year-old daughter.

Comments (4)
  1. Friend says:

    Strange. I believe that the child is not really an orphan, tragic as this story is, because the father (the murderer) is still alive. This does not make an orphan unless he is executed. Sad story still.

  2. will says:

    why sue for the fathers money when it automaticly gets set aside for the childs care

  3. duh says:

    The suit was filed to FREEZE the assets pending trial. That way, Scott cannot use the proceeds of those assets to pay for attorneys or whatever else legal needs he may want. These assets are not ‘automatically set aside’, as the perp is considered ‘innocent’ until proven guilty. This step of filing is necessary, so that the assets are frozen until due process finds him a convicted felon.

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