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Dad fatally shot while camping with young daughters identified as investigators try to determine motive

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 6/24/2018

a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera © GoFundMe A 35-year-old California father killed while camping with his two young daughters has been identified as an avid outdoorsman who was known as a brilliant chemist.

Investigators believe that the girls were in the tent with Tristan Beaudette when he was shot in the upper chest shortly before 5 a.m. on Friday in Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas.

The girls, who are 2 and 4 years old, were not injured.

Authorities are still trying to determine a motive, and no arrests have been made.

a sign on the side of a tree © Glenn Koenig/ Los Angeles Times Friends and family say Beaudette was a brilliant chemist who worked in the pharmaceutical industry, according to HuffPost.

“Words cannot express the absolute devastation and sorrow we feel from the loss of someone so dear to our family,” read a GoFundMe page in a tribute to Beaudette.

The campground will be closed at least through June 28, an official told NBC in California.

Beaudette is survived by his wife Erica and two young daughters. The family was planning to take time off together before relocating to new jobs in the Bay Area.

Anyone with information on the shooting should contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at (323) 890-5500.

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