A 35-year-old father was fatally shot while camping in a tent. His two young daughters were inside it with him.
CALABASAS, Calif.—The tragic, sudden death of 35-year-old Tristan Beaudette has left investigators with a lot of questions. And, so far—as of Sunday, June 24—very few answers.
Beaudette, a profound scientist from Irvine, Calif., was shot at least once in the upper torso at approximately 4:45 a.m. on Friday, June 22, sheriff's officials told the LA Times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Beaudette had been camping with his wife, Erica, and two young girls, 2 and 4, over the weekend in Malibu Creek State Park, a popular hiking destination just outside of Los Angeles.
"The theory we are working with is he was shot inside the tent," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Rodney Moore told the LA Times. "The children were inside the tent, too."
The family's two daughters were not hurt in the shooting, according to reports. Officials are still searching for any leads on a potential suspect and say they do not have a motive at this time, according to a recent update on Beaudette's GoFundMe page.
"We are working this as a homicide at this point," Moore said. "We are gathering evidence ... It will take some time."
Since launching a GoFundMe campaign Saturday, 719 people have combined to raise nearly $70,000 on behalf of the "Tristan Beaudette Family Fund," nearly triple the campaign's initial goal of $25,000.
"On behalf of Tristan's wife Erica, we are heartbroken to share the news that Tristan is no longer with us," a statement on Beaudette's GoFundMe page reads. "Words cannot express the absolute devastation and sorrow we feel from the loss of someone so dear to our family."
The Beaudette's family hiking trip was their final step before embarking on their next adventure of packing up and relocating to the Bay Area to start their new jobs.
"Tristan, you were such an amazing father, husband, son, and brother," the GoFundMe statement reads. "You were admired by so many for your devotion to your wife and two daughters. We are all so fortunate to have known you for your short time on Earth. You were taken from us far too early, doing something you loved with the girls you adored. You will be so dearly missed. May you rest in peace."