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Hundreds attend service for Seal Beach salon owner

October 21, 2011 |  5:28 pm

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More than 200 people attended the funeral Friday of Salon Meritage owner Randy Fannin, who was killed with seven others in the deadliest shooting in Orange County history.

The private service was held about 2 p.m. at Santa Ana's Fairhaven Memorial Park.

Inside the grounds, cars parked and people stood in a long line as they gradually made their way into  Waverley Chapel.

According to a woman who was one of Fannin's customers and attended the service, but declined to give her name, family members were mostly inside the chapel, while other people watched the service on a projection screen in an adjoining building.

The chapel seats up to 200 people, according to an information pamphlet.

The service, according to the woman, started with a slide show of Fannin. Family members also read letters aloud.

At one point, "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers echoed across the cemetery.

"It was a beautiful service," the woman said. "He was a great person to talk to as you got your hair done."

Fannin, 62, and his wife, Sandy, worked as partners operating the Seal Beach salon. Friends said the couple lived near a golf course in Murrieta. Fannin's charm turned salon clients into regulars and then friends.

Fannin was killed last week when a gunman, apparently enraged over a custody dispute, walked into the  crowded salon and opened fire. Fannin and five others were killed at the scene. Three others caught in the gunfire were taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where two died of their injuries. Harriet Stretz was the lone survivor.

Authorities have charged Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, of Huntington Beach with eight felony counts of special circumstance first-degree murder and one felony count of attempted murder. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

Dekraai is being held without bail in a single jail cell away from other inmates, according to Orange County authorities.


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Photo: Mourners gather outside Waverley Chapel at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana after the funeral. Credit: Robert Gauthier /Los Angeles Times