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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Sister of Seal Beach Massacre Victim Blasts Death Penalty During Panel

Updated: Aug 17, 2020

Bethany Webb took part in a Tuesday night panel discussion on the death penalty with a front page newspaper clipping about the 2011 Seal Beach mass shooting hanging down from her side of the table. Laura Webb Elody, Bethany's sister, was among the eight victims pictured. Hattie Stretz, their mother, was also shot but emerged as the sole survivor of mass murderer Scott Dekraai's rampage at Salon Meritage. "I paid a pretty big price to be up here," Webb said during the discussion. She recalled sitting down to watch General Hospital on the afternoon of Oct. 12, 2011 when breaking news about the mass shooting interrupted the program. "I have a moment where I can pinpoint where my life changed."

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