Orange County News
2 Seal Beach salon shooting victims laid to rest
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- The sole survivor of the salon shooting massacre in Seal Beach attended her daughter's funeral on Saturday. Another shooting victim was also laid to rest in a separate service.
It was the first time 73-year-old Hattie Stretz appeared in public following the shooting rampage that took the life of her daughter, 46-year-old Laura Webb, along with seven others.
Stretz was greeted by friends and family who gathered to say their final goodbyes in a memorial service at Central Park in Huntington Beach.
Webb was an employee at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach. She was doing her mother's hair last week, when shooting suspect Scott Dekraai opened fire.
A friend spoke on behalf of Webb's parents.
"The most severe injuries are the emotional injuries that she's suffered due to the loss of her daughter," said Todd Mattern. "Today is to honor Laura's life, to remember how much she meant to them and everybody else."
Also laid to rest on Saturday was 47-year-old Christy Wilson of Lakewood, another salon employee who was shot and killed in the massacre.
Friends and loved ones turned out for an emotionally charged memorial service at First Christian Church of Huntington Beach, followed by a gathering in Long Beach.
Wilson leaves behind a husband, three children, and one granddaughter. In his eulogy, her husband asked those present to remember Wilson when looking at the night sky.
"Smile and raise your glass, take in a moment to soak in the presence of our Christy, trust me she'll twinkle back," said husband Paul Wilson. "Please everyone in this room, do not forget those eight incredible lives that were lost that day. Don't ever forget them, ever."
Next week, a town hall meeting will be held in Seal Beach to discuss the police response to the rampage. Officials are also expected to provide an update on the investigation.
Dekraai is facing multiple murder charges.
How to help
The Fannin family established a memorial fund to benefit all the families of those killed in the shooting. Supporters can donate online at www.salonmeritagefund.org.
The city of Seal Beach, the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce and Watson & Associates announced the establishment of the Seal Beach Victims' Fund account at the Bank of America at 208 Main St. in Seal Beach. Donations may be mailed or delivered to the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce or the Bank of America with checks made payable to the Seal Beach Victims' Fund. Credit cards will also be accepted.
Additionally, those wishing to host a fundraiser, special event or related activity are encouraged to do so in coordination with the Chamber of Commerce, which is functioning as a clearinghouse for all such events.
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