California Shooting Massacre Hits Home for Western New York Family

November 2, 2011 Updated Nov 2, 2011 at 6:54 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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November 2, 2011 Updated Nov 2, 2011 at 6:54 PM EDT


Batavia, N.Y. (WKWK) - A shooting massacre at a salon in California hits home for a Batavia couple. Their daughter, Michelle Fournier, was one of the people shot and killed.

Joseph and Geri Burke recently returned from California after burying their daughter. Fournier ex-husband Scott Dekraai walked into the salon where she worked and shot her and seven other people on October 12th. This is the worst mass shooting in Orange County history.

Fournier's father, who lives in Batavia, spoke to the Batavia Daily News. He asked for privacy as the family continues to deal with the tragedy but he also thanked the community for its support.
He said his daughter's funeral was packed with those who loved her.

"There were a lot of people who wanted to show their condolences. They wanted to soothe us and talk to us about how much they loved our daughter," Burke said.

They said Fournier was involved in a bitter custody battle with Dekraai and according to friends and family, that's what may have lead to the shootings.

"We kind of thought this in the back of our hearts that this could happen. It
was no surprise. I didn't even have to ask who did it," Friend Kathiee McGhee said.

Dekraai was found and arrested by police not far from the salon where the shooting happened. He was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time and armed with several weapons. Prosecutors plan on seeking the death penalty.

As for the eight-year-old boy Fournier left behind, he is now in the custody of her stepsister. He will remain in California.