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Seal Beach salon where eight were shot to death will re-open

February 2, 2012 |  4:10 pm

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The Seal Beach salon where eight people – customers and workers alike – were shot to death in Orange County’s worst mass killing will reopen for business later this year, the wife of the shop owner says.

Sandi Fannin, whose husband, Randy, was among those shot to death last October, told the Orange County Register that after extensive remodeling, Salon Meritage would open for business again, under the same name and in the same location.

"I want to do it for the people who died and for the people of Seal Beach,” Fannin told the newspaper. “And I think my husband would want me to."

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Six women and two men were shot to death at the Seal Beach salon after Scott Dekraai allegedly opened fire, authorities said.

Dekraai’s former wife, who he was battling for custody rights of their young son, was among those slain.

The killings shocked the tiny beachfront community and brought residents together for impromptu vigils and the salon became a memorial, engulfed in flowers that arrived by the armful.

"Violence and crime like that can't win over the goodness of people," Fannin said.

The Laguna Beach resident told the Register she thought and prayed about her decision before engaging in talks with a designer and the building's owner.

The surviving Salon Meritage hairstylists now work at various salons in Seal Beach, some nearby. Fannin said she expects some stylists will return to the new Meritage while others "are happy where they are."

Dekraai has been indicted on eight counts of murder, and a single count of attempted murder and potentially faces the death penalty.

A tentative trial date of Oct. 15 has been set.


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