SEAL BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A woman who lost her husband in the massacre at a Seal Beach salon more than two years ago, is now in danger of losing her home.
KCAL9’s Stacey Butler spoke with Paula Caouette’s family who said these last two years have been tough.
Caouette lost her husband, David Caouette, then 64, in the October 12, 2011 shooting rampage at Salon Meritage. The Vietnam war veteran was the shooter’s final victim. Caouette was sitting outside the salon in his Land Rover and shot through his windshield.
His widow was devastated. She is now facing another hardship. The home she has lived in for 20 years is in danger of foreclosure.
Butler said the woman’s son, Paul Caouette, and his girlfriend have stepped up to help.
“She’s just the most amazing person I’ve ever met in my life,” said Danielle Telep, Caouette’s girlfriend.
“What’s going on with my mom’s property is a result of the shooting,” says Paul.
He says his mom will soon be forced to short sell the home.
“She can’t afford to carry his payments for the house, she lost her sole provider,” says Paul. He and his girlfriend have started a GoFundMe campaign to help his mom save her home.
Paul Caoulette says his family is still battling insurance companies.
“It doesn’t go away,” he says, “the news media, the cameras, family and friends go back to their normal lives. But the victims are still left to pick up the pieces.”
When his father was killed, David Caouette had just lost his job and his life insurance policy.
His mom has a second mortgage on the home and he’s hoping to raise $450,000 — and if he can’t do that he’s at least hoping to get an investor to buy the house so his mother can still live in it.
For more information about the fundraising effort, click here.