Murrieta resident Ernest Fendor was on his routine jog through the neighborhood when he stopped to address the fate of friend and neighbor Randy Fannin.
“I didn’t even know about this. I didn’t realize anything had happened until (I stopped to talk with others),” Fendor said. He pointed to the home of Randy Fannin and wife Sandy, who live across the street on Masters Drive.
Authorities released the names of the eight people killed in the shooting, including Randy Fannin, owner of the Seal Beach salon that was the scene of yesterday’s massacre. They died when a gunman opened fire on employees and clients.
The normally quiet street, disrupted only by cars taking a shortcut through the neighborhood to Winchester Road, remained just that today, as a handful neighbors began to realize the local impact of the Orange County killings.
“We’re shocked and sad. Why would a guy do something like this? He should have just shot himself,” neighbor Sam Zorrilla said.
Zorrilla and his wife Thelma described the Fannins as a “very nice couple” who split time between their Murrieta home and their work in Seal Beach.
Zorrilla said that he often agreed to keep an eye on the house while the Fannins were away.
Kevin Law of Webber Pool pulled up to the house, leaving a plant with a message of condolence.
“I built their pool, so I got to know Randy and Sandy. They are just really great people,” Law said.
“They travel back and forth and come back here for the weekends. We’ve just spent time together, (played) golf. We’ve had a few Christmas dinners together,” said Law, tearing up.
“Randy just called me the day before yesterday about some bricks that were loose on the pool. I said I would be right over,” Law said while looking at his phone.
Thelma Zorrilla described Randy as the kind of neighbor who brought a cold beer over when he noticed them working on a big tree-trimming project.
“That’s just the kind of guy he is,” Sam Zorrilla said.
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