Woman shot, mate arrested – January 20, 2010

Courtney Weaver at the Summerfest 2009 at the Mad River Pump Station Photo by TMc | Eye

Kevin L. Hoover

Eye Editor

ARCATA – Arcata resident Courtney Weaver was shot in the face and severely wounded Friday night. The assailant, 34-year-old Kenneth Fiaui of Arcata, was arrested on a charge of attempted homicide.

On Friday Jan. 15 at about 10:17 p.m., Arcata Police responded to the 1100 block of J Street on a report of gun shots heard in the area and a female subject screaming for help.

Upon arrival, officers found Weaver, shot multiple times.

Weaver was taken to Mad River Community Hospital and later transported to U.C. Davis Medical Center where she underwent surgery and is in serious but stable condition.

A search of the area was conducted and the suspect, Fiaui, was located one block from the shooting. Fiaui was uncooperative, and after a brief struggle, was taken into custody.

Fiaui was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of attempted homicide. Bail is set at $500,000.

A search of the area located the firearm believed to be used in the crime. APD Capt. Tom Chapman said the handgun appears not to be stolen, but didn’t turn up on an initial search of a Department of Justice database, and its registration is unclear. Further research is underway.

Weaver posted to her Facebook page from the intensive care ward, where she said that she had been shot in the face but was recovering.

Another Facebook page has been created, titled “Support for shooting victim Courtney Weaver,” and it was immediately filled with expressions of love, support and considerable anger directed at Fiaui.

That “dismayed” Weaver, who said that “yes the situation was traumatic, but only positivity is needed at this point.”

Continued Weaver, “Kennneth was an incredible man until the last 15 minutes. I will never speak to him again but I hope he recieves the help he needs.”

She also said that even in her present medical circumstance, she has composed eight new songs.

Originally from Seattle, Courtney moved to Humboldt about three years ago. She sings in local blues band St. John and the Sinners. She is influenced heavily by blues and jazz, especially Billie Holiday and Nina Simone.

A regular at the Jambalaya Tuesday night blues jam, her voice is deep and sultry.

A benefit for Weaver was planned for Tuesday night at the Jambalaya. A donation can has been set up at Wildwood Music.

This case is still under investigation.


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  1. Candace McCutcheon said:

    I'm sorry I made a typo…I meant Mormons, not Mormon's! I have dyslexia. I'm sorry for any and all typos. I tried to fix it, but I'm horrible with computers, typing, etc.

    Candace McCutcheon.

  2. Candace McCutcheon said:

    I'm still waiting for the Fiaui family to acknowledge my existence and make any kind gesture…an apology, a card…anything. Aren't they sorry for anyone in our family because of what their son did to my daughter? Don't they care about us at all?

    Why hasn't the Mormon community apologized for what this Mormon man did to my daughter? He is from a prominent Mormon family. Aren't we even good enough for something as simple as that?

    I have nothing against Mormon's. I even have some Mormon relatives who are very nice. I haven't even told them about this.

    I never sleep well anymore. I'm often up crying about my daughter being shot by this man and the total lack of emotional support from this man's family. It's not that it's their fault, but God forbid, if I ever had a relative who did anything like this to someone, I'd at least send them well wishes or an apology in the form of at least a card, if not in a letter.

    Why am I still waiting two years later? I tried to reach out to them. I was kind. I was polite and understanding. I didn’t ask for money. They never returned my calls. Why don't they care?

    I want to forgive this man, but it's hard to do when you're just kicked to the side of the road like so much garbage. I love my daughter. We no longer have the same relationship since this happened because she has been so traumatized. Her getting shot broke my heart. I just hope and pray for her to eventually have a normal life, whatever that is.

    I am so grateful to the people who saved her life. They definitely cared well for her and they did a remarkable job. I appreciate everyone who has helped in any way in this tragic situation — it means the world to my family and me. I wish I had the money to give more support myself, but that just hasn't been possible for me. I'm a single parent, with an elderly mother who has dementia.

    I thank each and every one of the people who helped Courtney. I'd like to send them cards if I knew exactly who they even were. I was in shock at the time and in another state and I became very ill for a long time after the incident, yet I’ve never forgotten their care and kindness and I never will be able to thank them enough. Thank God there are people out there who care and who help people like my daughter every day.

    My heart goes out to other families who have suffered in this the way that we have. I just hope we can all move on to better times.

    Candace McCutcheon, Seattle, WA.

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