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On the set of the movie Rust and Bone, a relationship between a troubled man and a whale trainer takes a dangerous turn.
The film’s father — and actor in the movie, Louis Koolhand — captured the chilling event on video as his estranged daughter’s husband, Samuel Roueche, went on a shooting rampage.
“It was horrifying,” Samuel Roueche said. “But my great sadness is that my wife died in the line of duty. It’s a scar that will never be forgotten.”
Late Wednesday night, Lou Lou Ruscitto, 26, was shot and killed. Her husband, Roueche, 32, was shot in the head and is in critical condition at a hospital.
“We have tried to keep the children so busy, [but] they are very emotional,” Louis Koolhand said. “I don’t think they realize what’s really happening.”
He said that Louis’ 20-month-old twins were at home watching television with him and that they were told their mother was at the library when the shooting took place. The twins are in protective custody of the DC Public Schools system.
“This is the worst thing that ever happened to us,” Louis Koolhand said. “Lou has lost his best friend, and I’ve lost my daughter.”
Koolhand said that the couple had recently reconciled and said that Lou Lou and Samuel Roueche had been good friends. The two got into an argument at the studio and eventually separated.
“They used to work together,” Louis Koolhand said. “Lou and Samuel have known each other all their lives. They have been friends a long time. Samuel was with her every step of the way. She called him her other half.”
Lou Lou and Roueche met on set last Thursday and were shooting scenes for the next day’s scenes. Louis Koolhand said that they had one day off and returned to the studio that day. Louis Koolhand said that they spent all day together, talking and hanging out.
“My heart breaks for my wife,” Louis Koolhand said. “Lou made her family and friends so much better than anyone else could ever do. But I know that this tragedy will make her the happiest and most beautiful woman I will ever meet.”
According to other workers on the set, Lou Lou was introduced to her husband on set by actor Eli Roth, who’s a close friend of Louis Koolhand’s.
Lou Lou’s family said that she loved animals, especially dolphins. They said that she had been working on the movie for a year and a half.
Lou Lou worked several months out of the year at Big Wave Coastal, a tour boat boat company off of San Diego.
Louis Koolhand said that he and Lou Lou began dating in 2003 when they were just 14 and 13 years old. He said they have three young children together.
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