Memorial Honors Seal Beach Shooting Victim Dave Caouette
Friends and family placed flowers Monday night in the parking spot where David Cauoette, 64, was shot and killed during the Seal Beach shooting massacre Wednesday. (KTLA News)
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Patty's Place is a small Seal Beach restaurant near Salon Meritage, the spot where Scott Dekraai, 41, allegedly shot and killed eight people. Dave Caouette, 64, was among the victims. He was shot as he got into his Land Rover in the parking lot.
Friends said Caouette and his wife of 42 years frequented the restaurant.
Caouette had lunch at Patty's Place on the day of Dekraai's rampage, police said. Friends and family remembered him during a private memorial outside the restaurant Monday night.
An off-road enthusiast, Caouette worked at the Land Rover dealership in Mission Viejo for many years, friends said.
"Our time together off-roading was everything (to David)," said Darrin Simmons, Caouette's friend and former co-worker. "He loved it so much that he lived it every day."
"We spent a lot of time in his vehicle, from 12 to 15 hours a day driving off-road, and I'm going to miss that. I'm going to miss that very much."
His former co-workers drove their Land Rovers to the memorial and parked them in Patty's Place's parking spots, leaving empty the spot where Caouette parked for the last time.
Originally thought to have been completely unrelated to Salon Meritage, sources now say Caouette was good friends with several salon employees.