Family of Scott Dekraai's ex-wife sues for damages

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A flier posted outside of the salon shows Michelle Fournier, left, the suspect's ex-wife.

The family of alleged gunman Scott Dekraai’s ex-wife is suing him for damages relating to her death in a mass shooting at a Seal Beach salon last month.

The former husband of Michelle Fournier is in an Orange County jail awaiting arraignment on eight counts of murder. Prosecutors allege that a fierce custody battle over Scott Dekraai’s 8-year-old son prompted a shooting rampage at the hair salon where Fournier worked.

He’s accused of killing her and seven others and critically wounding an older woman.

Fournier’s parents’ wrongful death lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. It asks for money to cover the cost of the woman’s funeral, for the support and the education of her son and for the family’s loss of their daughter.

Authorities are holding Dekraai without bail. The court has appointed the Orange County public defender’s office to represent him.

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