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Murdered Scientist Tristan Beaudette’s Brother Offers Theory On Tragic Shooting

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Jan. 4 2019, Updated 10:17 a.m. ET

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Slain scientist Tristan Beaudette’s brother is opening up about why he thinks his older sibling was murdered while sleeping next to his young daughters on a camping trip in a California park.

“Based on my conversation with my brother-in-law, who was there, who found him, and who was awake shortly after the gunshots went off, there were no sounds nearby,” Dylan Beaudette, 37, told

“There were shots in the distance, a bullet went through the top in the tent, and a bullet went into Tristan. And that means that someone was firing horizontal from nearby. "

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As reported, police are still trying to track down suspects and figure out a motive for the mysterious murder of the 35-year-old scientist, who was shot dead at Malibu Creek State Park, 30 miles west of Beverly Hills, while his girls, ages 2 and 4, slept beside him in a tent.

Dylan wondered if whoever killed 35-year-old Tristan was shooting off guns for fun or to wake people up.

“It could've been someone firing from a nearby road,” he said. “We don't know. But the only thing we do know — I think I know — it was the action of an irresponsible person who didn't take time to think about what they were doing."

“Actions have consequences, and it's something we don't think about often as a society,” Dylan told “Justice is helpful but it's not going to bring him back."

According to a GoFundMe set up by friends and family, Tristan and his doctor wife, Erica Wu, were preparing to move to the Bay area with their kids to begin new jobs.

Wu skipped the overnight camping excursion so she could stay home and study for an upcoming exam.

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“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,” noted the GoFundMe. “Not a second goes by that we aren’t grappling with the senselessness of this crime.”

“He was my brother,” Dylan told of Tristan. “Even apart from being a brilliant scientist, , and he would treat you with respect and dignity no matter who you were."

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