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The Inertia

Authorities are currently investigating the tragic death of a 35-year-old man who was shot inside his tent last Friday in Malibu Creek State Park while he was camping with his young daughters.

Tristan Beaudette, a highly-regarded scientist who worked in pharmaceuticals, was camping with his four and two-year-old daughters when he was shot in the torso early Friday morning.

Lieutenant Rodney Moore from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told the L.A. Times it’s likely Beaudette was shot while in the tent with his children. They, however, were not hurt in the shooting.


As of Monday morning, investigators were looking at several unsolved shootings in the area to catch the culprit, but no suspects have been taken into custody. K-9 teams also scoured the park and its surrounding area in the aftermath in search of clues to what’s being treated as a homicide with no clear motive.

In the wake of the tragedy, Beaudette’s wife Erica set up a GoFundMe page over the weekend that has raised over $93,000.

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Tristan is no longer with us. Words cannot express the absolute devastation and sorrow we feel from the loss of someone so dear to our family,” reads the page. “Not a second goes by that we aren’t grappling with the senselessness of this crime.”


According to California State Parks, campgrounds at Malibu Creek State Park will remain closed until the end of the week, though day-use sites remain open.

Our hearts go out to the friends and family of the Beaudette family in the wake of this senseless tragedy.



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