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Losing a loved one: Woman speaks out after partner murdered in Chico

Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia Yarbough shares a rare insight from a grieving woman whose partner was taken by violence.

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 4:46 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2020 4:46 PM

CHICO, Calif. – Surreal. That is how one woman describes the past two days. She is trying to come to terms with not only losing her partner to violence, but also wondering how this case will play out.

Just feet from the home Raileen Cramer shared with her partner is the spot that will now be remembered as where violence – snuffed out a future.

When Yarbough asked her what’s going through her heart, Cramer answered, “Pain… still not fully processing it."

Sunday, July 26 – Chico Police said Kai Perrelli shot and killed 28-year-old Scott Thomson.

"He wasn't only a boyfriend, he was a son, uncle, a brother and stepdad,” shared Cramer. “He loved to fish, he took my kids in as if there were his own."

Cramer says Thomson loved music and played the guitar. She describes him as a hard worker; committed to his friends and family.

She says Thomson’s shooting death happened just after he had loaded up the car to head out on a fishing trip.

"While the shots were going off, I looked up and looked and I couldn't see where he was and then I looked down and saw him in the road,” Cramer said. “I ran across traffic and he was taking his last breaths.”

Cramer says at this stage, she isn't quite sure what comes next for her. But says - one of the most difficult aspects of all of this is explaining Thomson’s death to her children.

Cramer says she has talked with investigators about what she heard and saw that day. Police arrested Perrelli a short time after the shooting. He is being held on a $1 million bond at the Butte County Jail. Click Here to read more about the arrest.

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