Seal Beach shooting: Victim testified for suspect's ex-wife
Friends identified another victim of the Seal Beach shooting rampage as Christy Wilson, a lifelong Lakewood resident and mother of three who worked at the salon.
Linda Stewart, 45, a longtime friend who works at a salon in Huntington Beach, said Wilson was creative, energetic and friendly and was part of a close-knit family. She had worked at the salon for many years and was an expert nail artist. In her spare time, she made and sold jewelry.
"She was everybody's friend," Stewart said. "She had not one enemy, ever."
Wilson was a friend of Michelle Fournier, the ex-wife of alleged shooter Scott Evans Dekraai. Witnesses said Fournier was the target of the shooting and one of the eight who died.
KTLA News reported Wilson was in court on Tuesday, testifying at a custody hearing on Fournier's behalf. Her husband, Paul Wilson, said his wife stood up for her friend because she thought it was the right thing to do.
On Thursday, Stewart put out a call on her Facebook page for people to give gifts of food to the Wilson family, but within a few hours, she was so overwhelmed by responses that she began asking people to donate to the funeral costs instead. She said she is now considering starting a jewelry line in Wilson's honor, with proceeds to go to assist victims of domestic violence.
-- Abby Sewell
Photo: A picture of two of the victims, Michelle Fournier, left, and Christy Wilson has been taped to the window near the door of Salon Meritage in Seal Beach. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times