The family of Christy Lynn Wilson is suing Scott Dekraai for her Seal Beach wrongful death. Wilson was getting her hair done at the Salon Meritage on October 12 when Dekraii, 42, went on a shooting rampage at the parlor.
Wilson, who was a friend of Dekraii's ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, was one of the victims that died. Fournier also was fatally shot that day.
Dekraii and Fournier were reportedly in the middle of a bitter child custody dispute over their son. Dekraii reportedly barged into the Seal Beach parlor after he was denied greater custody over their 8-year-old so Dominic. The former couple had joint custody.
Now, Wilson's husband and three children want Dekraii to pay them damages. In their Seal Beach wrongful death lawsuit, they claim that Wilson lingered for a "significant' amount of time before passing away. They want compensation for hospital bills, funeral costs, and the loss of her companionship, love, and care.
Their Orange County, California wrongful death complaint is the second one filed in the shooting. A few weeks ago, Dekraii's former in-laws filed their complaint against him. Joseph and Geraldine Burke, Fournier's parents, want unspecified damages. Any money recovered will go to Fournier and Dekraii's 8-year-old son Dominic.
Eight people were murdered that day, including one man who had been sitting in his car in the parking lot. One woman, 73-year-old Hattie Stretz, is the shooting's soul survivor. Her daughter Laura Elody also died from her injuries. Elody had been working at the salon that day.
Dekraii has admitted to the shooting. He is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
Dekraii owns properties in Seal Beach and Huntington Beach. He also receives disability payments because of a tugboat accident he was involved in years ago. Separate from any Seal Beach wrongful death recovery, the families of all of the shooting victims were given $150,000 from a trust that serves as a donations clearinghouse. Local residents worked with other communities to raise the monies. Another fund, The Salon Meritage Memorial Fund, has also been set up for the victims. Individual funds have also been established for a number of the victims.
Orange County, California Wrongful Death
If you or someone you love was the victim of a violent crime, you may be able to pursue Seal Beach wrongful death damages from your assailant. There also may be other parties whose negligence allowed the crime to happen that should be held liable.
Receiving compensation for your loss and your loved one's suffering can allow you to hold the ones responsible accountable regardless of what happens in any criminal proceedings.
Scott Evans Dekraai Sued by Families of Two of the Eight People He Allegedly Murdered, OC Weekly, November 8, 2011
Families of Seal Beach shooting victims get $150,000, OC Register, November 9, 2011
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