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Seal Beach shooting: Family says victim was an artist and athlete

Michelle Fournier, left, and Christy Wilson

The family of Christy Lynn Wilson, one of the eight victims who were slain in the Seal Beach salon shooting, remembered her Thursday as an artist who enjoyed making jewelry and an athlete who ventured into the ocean with her paddleboard.

Wilson was a friend of Michelle Fournier, who was allegedly slain by her ex-husband Scott Evans Dekraai as he sprayed Salon Meritage with gunfire in the afternoon rampage. 

Wilson had worked at the salon for years and was admired as an expert nail artist.

"Christy touched the lives of so many people that words alone cannot describe what a wonderful individual she was and what a tremendous asset to her community she was," her family said in a statement.

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Like others, the family said it struggling to make sense of the rampage in the normally placid beachside community. 

"Nothing can be done to bring back the individuals that were lost," the statement said, "but the family hopes and prays that everyone will be comforted by fond memories of their loved ones."


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Photo: A picture of two of the victims, Michelle Fournier, left, and Christy Lynn Wilson, was taped to a window near the door of Salon Meritage in Seal Beach. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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