published : 2023-08-21

Community Grieves California Business Owner Killed Over Pride Flag Conflict

Killer, Connected to Disrespectful Remarks About the Pride Flag, Perishes in Lethal Encounter with Authorities

A shot of Laura Ann Carleton's store, Mag Pi, in Cedar Glen showing the Pride Flag fluttering outside. Capture it during sunset, underlining the peaceful yet energetic aura the shop radiates into its neighborhood. (Taken with Nikon D850)

Laura Ann Carleton, popularly known as Lauri, the 66-year-old owner of the clothing shop Mag Pi in Cedar Glen, California was slain in her shop following an appalling incident that shook the community on Friday evening.

Reports revealed that the dispute originated from a degrading comment concerning a gay Pride flag displayed outside Lauri's shop that escalated to fatality.

San Bernardino Sheriff's Office deputies that responded to the alarming reports found the woman, who was also the mother of a blended family of nine and married for 28 years, at the scene with a gunshot wound.

Sorrowfully, Lauri, who was a strong pillar in the community, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime, leaving the locals devastated.

An intimate portrait of a candlelit vigil held by the community at Laura Ann Carleton's shop. The image should emphasize the unity and strength of the community in the face of tragedy, showing a single individual holding a lit candle. (Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

Lauri was a woman well-loved in the area, described by the local community grocery store, Mountain Provisions Cooperative as a relentless advocate for equality, love, and justice.

In a heartfelt tribute, she was lauded for her humor, love, nurturing nature, and her tireless dedication to living a joyful life.

Her brutal demise has provoked a robust response from the community, vowing that her death would not be without consequences, intending to uphold the values she tenaciously championed.

As a gesture of respect and unity, the community is urged to 'Fly your flags in honor of Lauri.'

A gloved hand of a police officer holing the handgun found at the scene, underlining the stark reality and severity of the crime. The focus should be a close-up of the hand and the gun, ensuring that features of the gun are visible but not overly explicit. (Taken with Sony Alpha a7 III)

The assailant, who remains unidentified, fled the scene immediately post the incident, but was located the same day by the police, still in possession of a handgun.

In an attempt to apprehend the perpetrator, a fatal encounter ensued resulting in the suspect's death, as stated by the authority.

No injuries were reported among the deputies involved in the conclusive encounter with the suspect.

Further details of the case remain undisclosed as the investigation continues.