Hundreds say goodbye to Seal Beach shooting victim Michelle Fournier
Hundreds of family members and friends gathered to mourn Michelle Fournier in a tearful service Monday morning in Los Alamitos for the Salon Meritage stylist, one of eight killed Oct. 12 in a Seal Beach shooting rampage.
Fournier, who was 48, was the former wife of Scott Dekraai, who has been charged with eight counts of murder. The two were involved in a custody dispute over their 8-year-old son.
But there was no mention of Dekraai at the service, which featured a video montage with hundreds of photos of Fournier -- many with her three children -- and tearful tributes from family members.
Her brother, Butch Fournier, read a poem. "We'll miss your voice, your infectious laugh ... , " he read.
Longtime friend Cindy Pagano began her remarks with her first impression of Fournier -- a Boston accent and purple velvet knickers in the third grade. The two remained friends throughout adulthood.
She said Fournier liked to cook and had the best sauce recipe in her Italian family, and that she was a "lover of life."
"She talked about spending her 50th birthday on the Amalfi Coast," Pagano said.
At the end of the service at Cottonwood Church, people gathered to release eight white doves -- one for each victim in the shooting.
-- Nicole Santa Cruz in Los Alamitos
Photo: Outside Cottonwood Church, friends and relatives console one another before the service for Michelle Fournier. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times