Thu Jul 19 15:09:08 EDT 2018
It was already getting late on June 21 by the time Lauren McClelland arrived at picturesque Malibu Creek State Park in California for a weekend camping trip. The 27-year-old college student set up her tent in a canyon in the park and spent some time with her fellow church mates from Glendale Presbyterian before she went to bed around 11 p.m.
“It was super quiet,” she tells PEOPLE. “Not a ton of people there yet.”
Her peaceful slumber was shattered hours later, around 4 a.m. on June 22, when she woke abruptly to the sound of gunfire.
“It sounded like four shots, one after another,” McClelland recalls, noting that perhaps what she heard included reverberations from the canyon walls. “I am not sure if it was actually four gunshots, but it sounded like four clear gunshots.”
She waited in the pre-dawn darkness, thinking “maybe some stupid kid got a hold of a toy gun or something else they shouldn’t have and are playing around.”
“I was wide awake and just trying to listen very carefully,” she says, “and I didn’t hear anything and I thought, Should I go up and check? But something kept me from doing that, and I am really glad I didn’t.”
That decision may have saved her life.
At another campsite about 50 yards away, the gunfire McClelland overheard left 35-year-old scientist Tristan Beaudette dead inside his tent.
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The young father — who had worked as a researcher at Allergan, a pharmaceutical company — was camping with his 2-and 4-year old daughters at the park while his wife, Erica Wu, a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Irvine, stayed home to study for an upcoming exam.
Beaudette was fatally shot in the head. His daughters were in the tent with him but were uninjured. Authorities have not confirmed how many times he was shot.
Weeks later, the case has yet to be solved and a motive remains unknown. Investigators are actively on the hunt for the killer and are also probing a possible connection between the homicide and previous reports of gunfire in the area in the last two years, though no tie has been established.
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the city of Malibu and Allergan offered a combined $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in Beaudette’s slaying.
“Right now there are a lot of unknowns,” says L.A. County sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore.
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Stephen Finkel, who was at the same campsite as McClelland that night in June, says he and his wife didn’t hear gunfire but were awakened the next morning by a sheriff’s deputy.
“He asked a bunch of questions,” Finkel, a pastor at Glendale Presbyterian Church, tells PEOPLE. “The primary question was, Was everyone safe inside the tent? And he asked if anybody was missing from the area or inside our tent.”
Finkel says the deputy also asked him if he had a weapon.
“I told him no and it was kind of a blur,” he says. “It was so early in the morning. I thought maybe somebody had been a bad neighbor to the community and they were trying to figure out what happened. I did not think somebody had been murdered.”
McClelland says she didn’t learn about Beaudette’s death until later that morning when she drove through the area with one of her fellow campers.
She saw caution tape “all around,” she says, and evidence of a family’s outing cut short: tricycles and children’s bikes and “a pair of sandals outside the larger tent where they were photographing.”
Almost a month later, McClelland says she is still shaken up.
“It is very sad,” she says. “It is a really lovely spot, but I don’t know if I will ever go back at this point. I hope figure it out because it is just the saddest thing I have ever heard.”
Anyone with information on Beaudette’s murder or other shootings at Malibu Creek State Park should contact the homicide bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Thu Jul 19 15:00:03 EDT 2018
“A piece of lighting equipment, about the size of this roof, fell on my face outside, in a big, big, big gust of wind,” Chenoweth, who played political reporter Peggy Byrne, exclusively tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “We were shooting outside on the river. I think it was day three for me. And Josh Charles, my angel, was there. The set landed on me and kind of messed up my face, my nose and my teeth, and then threw me into a curb, so there was a skull fracture and some rib pain.”
“The biggest Achilles heel has been my neck,” she adds.
“You know how things happen in your life to make you pause? That was a big one for me,” she explains.
With a milestone birthday around the corner — Chenoweth will turn 50 on July 24 — and a work schedule that keeps her busy, the Emmy-winning actress says the accident shifted her outlook on life.
“What I’ve taken from it is life’s short,” she says. “Another thing I’ve learned was enjoy life. It’s so short. Also, when you get injured, you have to take the time to heal. I went back a little soon.”
“We all have stuff that bother us,” she continues. “I’m still learning how to deal with chronic pain. Yeah, I’ve still got it. But, you know what? I still work. I still am able to, so I’m lucky. I’m lucky I’m alive.”
Now, starring in the new season of NBC’s Trial & Error: Lady, Killer, Chenoweth says she’s slowly learning to maintain a healthy balance of work, health and her social life.For more on Kristin Chenoweth, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday
“I just work constantly, and I don’t take time to heal, rejuvenate and recharge,” she admits. “But to be a better artist, I have to live life. But slowing down is hard for me because I feel like I have so much still I want to do.”
NBC’s Trial & Error: Lady, Killer premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
Thu Jul 19 14:58:47 EDT 2018
Haynes and Leathem were photographed walking through LAX together on Wednesday. The two kept a low profile during the outing, with Leatham turning his head away from the cameras.
This marks the first time the two have been spotted together since their split.
In May, Haynes, 29, filed for divorce six months after the pair tied the knot in front of 120 guests at a nighttime ceremony held at a Palm Springs hotel and officiated by their longtime friend Kris Jenner.
Haynes and Leatham cited irreconcilable difference as the reason for their split and listed their official date of separation as May 1, 2018.
The duo’s relationship came under scrutiny after the former Teen Wolf actor deleted several recent photos of him and Leatham from his Instagram account. Haynes also dropped “Leatham” from his name in his Instagram bio as well as the word “husband.”
Leatham followed suit and dropped his hyphenated name.
While rumors suggested Leatham had been unfaithful in their marriage after the actor released an acoustic song called “Man It Sucks” — which referenced a “cheating drama” — Haynes set the record straight in a tweet.
“Jeff would never cheat,” Haynes tweeted in May. “He’s an amazing man. Please stop being mean to him. The song I wrote was about a past relationship.”
The couple exchanged vows on Oct. 27, 2017, in front of their family and A-list friends at the Palm Springs hotel.
“It’s just amazing when you find someone who kind of teaches you to love yourself more,” Haynes told PEOPLE at the time. “When you learn to really love someone, it’s completely life-changing. Now we have this beautiful life together and this epic journey ahead.”