Murder in Malibu Creek State Park


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Trad climber
Stockholm, Sweden 🇸🇪
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 25, 2018 - 12:52am PT
I didn't see another post on this but surely of interest. The story is just horrible and doesn't sound like much to go on.

A man has been shot dead on a camping trip in California with his two young daughters.

Tristan Beaudette, 35, died after suffering a gunshot wound to his upper torso at a campsite in Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas.

At least 60 state-owned campsites in the park have closed in the wake of the fatal shooting to allow sheriff’s detectives to hunt for the shooter.

A motive for the shooting of Mr Beaudette - from Irvine in Orange County – is unknown.

"It appears that the victim was camping at the site with family members," according to the sheriff's department.

The victim was reportedly accompanied by his daughters who are aged two and four.

No one else was injured and no arrests appear to have been made.

"The campground will be closed through Thursday, June 28. We will evaluate daily whether we can re-open sooner or if the closure has to continue past June 28,” Tony Hoffman with California State Parks told NBC4.

Campers were forced to leave all of the 60 campsites – which will stay closed until at least Thursday - on Friday.

“We hope to reopen on Friday, June 29,” Tony Hoffman, a superintendent for California State Parks told NBC4. “We’ll re-evaluate it daily to see if we can’t open sooner, or, of course, extend the closure if necessary.”

Malibu Creek State Park is an 8,215-acre park famed for being the backdrop for TV series M*A*S*H and films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and the original Planet of the Apes

Tristan Beaudette took his young daughters camping last weekend in Malibu Creek State Park while his wife prepared to take an exam, KTLA reported. He didn't come back.

Beaudette, of Irvine, California, was found fatally shot about 4:45 a.m. Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times. His daughters, ages 4 and 2, were in the tent with him at the time, but were not hurt.

According to a GoFundMe account set up for Beaudette’s family, he was "out doing something he adored in life, being in the outdoors with his two young girls."

Beaudette and his wife were getting ready to relocate to the Bay Area for new jobs, according to GoFundMe.

Family and friends told CBS that Beaudette was a scientist for a pharmaceutical company, and his children were "his greatest pride and joy."

"And then it was all taken away, by a fatal gun shot in the middle of the night, in front of his two young daughters," the GoFundMe page says. "Not a second goes by that we aren’t grappling with the senselessness of this crime."

As of Sunday morning, the account had raised $17,165 of a $25,000 goal.

Authorities don’t have a suspect or any leads in the case, according to CBS. State Park Superintendent Tony Hoffman told KTLA that the shooting happened in an area of the park with 63 campsites, which were likely occupied when Beaudette was killed.

Lt. Rodney Moore told the Los Angeles Times that police believe Beaudette was shot in the tent while the children were present.

"We are working this as a homicide at this point," he told the newspaper.

The GoFundMe page for Beaudette’s family described him as an "amazing father, husband, son and brother."

"You were admired by so many for your devotion to your wife and two daughters," the page said.

Malibu Creek State Park, in the Calabasas area of Los Angeles, was used to film movies and TV shows including "MASH" and "Planet of the Apes."


Social climber
Jun 25, 2018 - 01:18am PT
hey there say, port... :O oh my... :(

may god see that this is solved... :(
and-- somehow heal these children, and comfort his wife and loved ones...

Trad climber
Jun 25, 2018 - 05:40am PT
What????!!! Trying to wrap my head around this one. We go camping with our children all the time. WTF? All I can say.

Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Jun 25, 2018 - 06:18am PT
Damn. Some random psycho? Damn.


Ice climber
hartford, ct
Jun 25, 2018 - 06:18am PT
You wouldn't have had to 'force' me to leave one of the other 60 campsites!

Sad stuff...

Social climber
Wise Acres
Jun 25, 2018 - 07:03am PT
Condolences, hope thy catch the psycho fuk!

Jim Henson's Basement
Jun 25, 2018 - 07:15am PT
wow- mind boggling and terrifying. I hope they catch the guy.

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Jun 25, 2018 - 07:23am PT
They say he was a scientist for a pharmaceutical company? Hmmmm......someone didn't want testing to go the next step. My speculation.

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Jun 25, 2018 - 07:51am PT
There is evidence of previous shootings - of objects but not people. Happens at night. A woman sleeping in her car had a shot fired at her car.
There’s a nutcase out there. His/her violence has now escalated to murder. And this poor man was a random victim.

Social climber
Lida Junction
Jun 25, 2018 - 08:38am PT
wonder why they wont name his employer?

He was in the process of getting a new job in NoCal.

This is a strange one. At first I thought it was an inside job, and then I thought maybe suicide.

Strange case.

Trad climber
Stockholm, Sweden 🇸🇪
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 25, 2018 - 08:45am PT
I've not any children so no context, but is it common to go camping solo with a 2 and 4 year old? Seems weird no?
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 25, 2018 - 08:52am PT
Weird for a father to take his kids camping? No. Commonly done in the U.S.

state of being
Jun 25, 2018 - 09:07am PT
He was taking them camping so his wife could study for an exam.

Trad climber
Jun 25, 2018 - 09:17am PT
I don't think it is unusual for a father to take his young kids camping, while allowing his wife the space to study, as the story mentioned. That's a good dad and husband; one lucky to be in the position to do such a thing. Not all could, or would.

I hope they can solve the case without too long a delay. Horrible thing to happen, especially for those two girls - just awful.
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Jun 25, 2018 - 09:22am PT
They say he was a scientist for a pharmaceutical company? Hmmmm......someone didn't want testing to go the next step. My speculation.
That was my thought too, especially since there was no mention of anyone hearing gunfire. Sounded a bit like a hit.

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Jun 25, 2018 - 09:24am PT
It's a ~500 word article. We don't really know anything other than a dude was killed by someone with 2 small kids nearby that were presumably his.

We don't know if he was a good dad or a bad dad. We don't know if he cooked the best meth in the valley or just the best salmon steaks.

Silly to guess at anything other than finding a different area to camp in.... far away... for now.

SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
Jun 25, 2018 - 09:28am PT
is it common to go camping solo with a 2 and 4 year old? Seems weird no?

Not at all. Especially if they were trying to give Mom some time and this camp ground sounded fairly close to where they live. It’s typically just a “step up” from the backyard sleep out.
When my son was a toddler we’d go camping at campgrounds that were less than 10 miles from our house...that way if things went to hell or the fog didn’t lift we could head home.

This case is just awful. I’m glad the kids are ok. I wonder if someone was just randomly shooting and it happened. Details will emerge.


state of being
Jun 25, 2018 - 09:34am PT
The facts are not out yet, only the basic details are in the article.

He was discovered dead in the tent at 4:45 am with kids present. Maybe someone heard the shot and went to investigate. Maybe the kids were crying and someone went to investigate.
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
Jun 25, 2018 - 09:47am PT
my tent and area are well defended.
Late Starter

Social climber
Jun 25, 2018 - 10:03am PT

I always get a kick out of that rationale.

It's a comforting feeling, but realistically in a lot of scenarios a psychopath isn't going to wake you up first.

I'm not going to lie awake, ready at all times....but I guess there's always the chance it could help...
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