ACTON – A memorial website has been created for 39-year-old Christopher Demyen, the Acton Water Company owner shot to death after a dispute on May 15.
Titled “Honoring Chris Demyen,” the site pays tribute to Demyen and aims to raise $20,000 to help support the pregnant wife and two children that Demyen left behind.
According to the website:
“Chris Demyen was the victim of a senseless crime that will be felt for years to come. A loving father, a caring husband and a true friend to everyone who crossed his path was killed May 15th 2013. No one has the right to end a life, especially when the life affects the lives of a whole community. Chris leaves behind a young family with two beautiful children and his wife Amber who is expecting their third child. Chris has been the owner operator of the Acton Water Company for nearly 20 years. The community will always remember his helpfulness and willingness to provide his services even to famil[ies]s who could not afford it. We would appreciate any donations to help with the arrangements as well as allow the family to get back on their feet after this life changing event.”
To view the site and make a donation, click here.
Demyen was shot in the upper torso and died at the scene Wednesday afternoon after a dispute with another man in the 1500 block of Eagle Butte Road, authorities said.
Acton resident Scott Shipley was arrested for the murder around 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 and remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail. Shipley is due in court Friday (May 17) to answer charges.
Sheriff’s officials said the shooting happened after the two men became involved in an argument “over a vehicle parking issue.”
Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
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UPDATED 5/17/13: Scott Shipley was charged with one count of murder Friday (May 17), according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Shipley appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom Friday, but his arraignment was postponed until June 17.
UPDATE 8/21/13: SCOTT SHIPLEY TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER. After a preliminary hearing today, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge determined there was sufficient evidence for Scott Shipley to stand trial for the murder of Christopher Demyen. Shipley will return to court again on Sept. 21 for a second arraignment, which will be held in room A21 at Antelope Valley courthouse.