Vigil at Salon Meritage Draws 1,000 People
A vigil was held last night in honor of the nine people who were shot Wednesday at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach. Eight were killed, and one is recovering at a local hospital.
NBC Los Angeles reports that the event, which was held outside of the salon, drew nearly 1,000 people. OC Councilman Gordon Shanks was among them.
"I didn't know any of these people, but this is like a wound for my family," Shanks told attendees. "These things are not supposed to happen here."
The suspected shooter was identified as Scott Dekraai, the ex-husband of Michelle Marie Fournier, who worked at the salon and was killed in the attack. Dekraai allegedly walked into the salon wearing body armor, and opened fire. Six people were pronounced dead at the scene, and two more died later at a hospital. The victims' names were released yesterday.
The shooting is the worst mass killing in Orange County history.