"Alhough this terrible thing happened in a salon, it was unrelated to the primary victim's profession. It was a lunatic husband on a killing rampage whose wife could just as easily have been a postal worker, a welder, or a computer consultant. It especially hits all of us so hard because it was a salon, and I suspe t gives us cause to feel vulnerable in the course of our daily lives. In this case, it happened to pepole spending time in a salon...like so many of us every day. All of our hearts go out to the families of the victims, but do not let this random, senseless and terrible tragedy leave you, me or any of us in the industry in fear of our lives in the palces we love to work in every day."Alex Irving, Esche and Alexander Public Relations
"The business of beauty took a tragic hit with the shooting in Seal Beach. We are a community of professionals who touch people and now we grieve over the loss of colleagues and guests. Yes, it could have happened anywhere, but it happened in a professional salon and that makes it personal for all of us. What can we do? Place a black ribbon somewhere behind your front desk to show you know and care for the salon and for those who should be remembered."—Bart Foreman, Group 3 Marketing
"I first heard about this tragedy from one of our team members. She used to live in California and worked at a salon very near to the one where the tragedy happened. Of course, I was saddened, but more than that angry and confused. I just don't know what would possess someone to do such a thing. It makes me feel very protective over my staff and our clients and makes me want to comfort them even more when in our spaces. Life is tough and crazy and sometimes just too much—we all need comfort and I hope that the families of the people who lost their lives are able to find this in coming days."—Jason Hall, Red 7 Salon, Chicago, Illinois
"This is so horrific! As I read it to my team on the salon floor, everyone began to tear up. We are so close, I just can't imagine what these people and their families are going through. It makes me feel so grateful for the people I work with and the clients we serve."—Lauren Hart, The Root Salon, Phoenix, Arizona
"To the families and friends of those impacted by this tragedy, our heartfelt prayers are sent to you to lift you from despair. We are deeply saddened by your loss."—Geno and Cindy Levi and staff, Geno Levi Salon, McMurray, Pennsylvania
"This act of senseless killing of those innocent people was not only shameful, but frightful. As a salon owner, I set my obligations very high. I'm always concerned about the safety of my employees and my patrons. They are my family and my friends. My greatest feat is that some outrageous accident will occur and I have no control over the situation. To all of those people who were impacted by this senseless killing, my heart goes out to you. May you all find the strength to continue your lives in peace."—Debora Capaldi, Pucci Salon, Scottsdale, Arizona
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