Michelle Marie Fournier
Stylist at Salon Meritage
Michelle Marie Fournier’s calling was cutting and styling hair.
But her priority in life was her 8-year-old son, friends and family said.
A stylist at Salon Meritage, Fournier, 48, was in a protracted custody battle with the boy’s father, her ex-husband Scott Dekraai. The couple had argued on the phone Wednesday morning, prosecutors said, and the boy was in the office of his school’s principal waiting to be picked up when his father burst into the salon, sought out Fournier and shot her at close range.
The oldest of four children in a half-Italian family from Boston, “she cooked a mean meatball” and had a fondness for black shoes, her brother Butch Fournier said. She had two children from a previous marriage, both in their 20s, and kept her Los Alamitos home tidy and her attitude upbeat.
“For as much stuff as was going on in her world with this person, she really managed to have a cheerful demeanor with people,” said Sylvia Harvey, a 10-year customer and friend.