Big Pharma Scientist Shot Dead in Front of Children after Cancer 'Breakthrough'
Chemist executed on camping trip before moving to new pharmaceutical company
A Big Pharma chemist has been shot dead in front of his two young daughters while on a camping trip in California.
35-year-old Tristan Beaudette died on Friday when he was executed by an unknown assailant at a campsite in Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas, California.
Beaudette, a leading scientist and executive at a large pharmaceutical company, was shot in the chest in front of his daughters aged two and four-years-old.
The trip was a short family holiday before the Beaudettes were due to "embark on a new chapter in their lives," according to a Go Fund Me page set up by the late scientist's widow.
Mr. Beaudette had reportedly taken his children on the camping trip to give his wife space to study for an upcoming exam.
According to Mrs. Beaudette, she was taking an exam the next morning that was the final step before the family was due to relocate to the Bay Area and start their new lives and careers.
Tristan Beaudette was due to transfer to a new drug company, taking his research with him.
According to colleagues, the young chemist was "over the moon" following a recent "breakthrough" in his research for a cancer cure, and was looking forward to developing his discovery further with his new company.
According to the Daily Mail, Tristan Beaudette died after he suffered a gunshot wound to his upper torso at a campsite in Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas in the early hours of Friday morning.
Police said they were called to the campground following a 911 report of shots being fired at about 4.45am.
Authorities found Beaudette bleeding in his tent but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
His daughters were not injured in the shooting.
Police are treating Beaudette's death as a homicide but so far have no motive or suspect.
Beaudette had a Ph.D. in chemistry from Berkeley and worked as a scientist for a pharmaceutical company.
A GoFundMe page set up for the slain father said he adored being in the outdoors with his two daughters.
"His wife Erica was preparing to take an exam the next morning.
"This was their final step before taking well-deserved time off together as a family prior to their relocation to new jobs in the Bay Area," the page reads.
"They were about to embark on a new chapter in their lives.
"And then it was all taken away, by a fatal gunshot in the middle of the night, in front of his two young daughters.
"Not a second goes by that we aren't grappling with the senselessness of this crime.
"Tristan, you were such an amazing father, husband, son, and brother.
"You were admired by so many for your devotion to your wife and two daughters.
"We are all so fortunate to have known you for your short time on Earth.
"You were taken from us far too early, doing something you loved with the girls you adored.
"You will be so dearly missed."
Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.