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Cal State Fullerton basketball coach, fiance found dead

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:58 a.m. HST, Feb 05, 2013

IRVINE, Calif. » Two Southern California college employees, a coach and a campus safety officer, were found shot to death in a car at their upscale condominium complex in Southern California, and authorities say they have no motive or suspects in the killing.

Cal State Fullerton assistant women's basketball coach Monica Quan, 28, and her fiance Keith Lawrence, 27, were found dead around 9 p.m. Sunday on the top floor of a parking structure at the complex, police said. Officers found their bodies after someone reported seeing Lawrence slumped over the wheel of his vehicle.

Quan was found in the front passenger seat and Lawrence was in the driver seat, Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen said.

"It doesn't appear they were robbed," Engen told the Orange County Register. "There's no obvious motive."

Few other details have been released, but both campuses where the couples worked issued statements grieving the loss.

Lawrence and Quan played basketball at Concordia University, where they met while they were students, according to Brian Gaul, the school's athletic director.

Quan was in her second season as an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton.

"The loss of any member of the Titan family causes our community great grief, but the loss of one of our own under these circumstances is indeed tragic and heart-wrenching," university President Mildred Garcia said in a statement Monday. "We hope that Monica's family and friends will feel and be comforted by our support during this difficult time."

Counselors will be available for staff and student athletes, Garcia said.

At USC, Chief John Thomas called Lawrence an "honorable, compassionate and professional member of our department and The Trojan Family."

Engen said the couple recently moved into the condominium complex. The parking structure requires a key-code for entry and there are security cameras throughout the complex, a resident told the Los Angeles Times.

"We moved here because it was so safe — Irvine was the safest city in America," Sharon Smith said. "I guess like anywhere else, we're going to have a few incidents. ... Nobody worries about living here."

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kuewa wrote:
This is unbelievable, especially in Irvine of all places. My condolences to the families of both victims. And OK, I'm waiting for all the comments regarding how this tragic occurrence justifies gun ownership.
on February 4,2013 | 01:34PM
joewilly wrote:
Where ever Jim Donovan goes sh** follows.
on February 5,2013 | 05:57AM
inverse wrote:
Don't go there! However it sure seems with Donovan, karma is a b % t ch !
on February 5,2013 | 06:38AM
honopic wrote:
Wrong, on so many levels. Sleep in tomorrow, joewilly and engage brain before posting, please.
on February 5,2013 | 02:00PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
kuewa - why would you use someone's death as a platform for your agenda while offering insincere sympathy. That's just wrong. A lot of folks did not post similar opinions out of respect but not you.
on February 5,2013 | 06:50PM
allie wrote:
RIP truly shocking but california is a very, very dangerous place.
on February 4,2013 | 01:53PM
RKC808 wrote:
Hawaii is getting pretty nuts too. I see more and more road rage and "approaching" by drug addicts and homeless every day. Im from here too.
on February 4,2013 | 02:03PM
allie wrote:
I ride home from work in Waikiki at night and I have seen odd thigns-odd behavior by men-in the shadows of the bus stop!
on February 4,2013 | 02:54PM
Kaimiloa wrote:
What you saw was your reflection in a window, allie.
on February 4,2013 | 04:32PM
808kela wrote:
Ahahahahaha! Good one!
on February 4,2013 | 06:23PM
inverse wrote:
tee hee "hon" !
on February 5,2013 | 06:40AM
silvangold wrote:
oh oh .... I should go see your reflection "hon".....yikes! hahahahaha
on February 5,2013 | 01:22PM
honopic wrote:
If I saw an odd "thign" I would run like he**, since I have no idea what that means! But of course you, allie, in your infinite wisdom, will be sure to enlighten the rest of us.
on February 5,2013 | 01:58PM
inverse wrote:
The motive for these murders appears personal and not a robbery of opportunity gone wrong
on February 5,2013 | 06:39AM
aomohoa wrote:
You are such an ignore little girl Allie. This can happen any where allie. Even in your precious ND. I am sure you know nothing about California and certainly not Irvine. It happens to be a very very nice area. What kind of an suppository educated person says an entire state is a dangerous place.LOL! You are ridiculous.
on February 4,2013 | 04:29PM
CartwrightPark wrote:
Yeah I would venture to say that Irvine is safer than the rougher parts of Oahu. While you are more likely to get beat up or robbed in Hawaii than in Irvine, gunplay and the mobility of criminals in Cali come into play, even in Irvine. Even though we don't have a motive yet. Just goes to show you always be aware of your surroundings no matter where you are.
on February 5,2013 | 04:41AM
inverse wrote:
Geographically, Irvine CANNOT be considered a safe place. Irvine is smack dab between LA and San Diego and further south Mexico; and all easily connected by California's wonderful highway system like the I-5. Eventually the the murders and violence that occurs due to gang violence and the out of control drug trade, will spill over to Irvine and other "safe" counties. Doesn't matter location, where drugs and/or people with personal issues who use guns to resolve their problems reside, including Irvine, violence will follow.
on February 5,2013 | 06:47AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
inverse - Irvine is a VERY safe place, what you're hearing of is the limited view presented by what you're reading in the SA
on February 5,2013 | 08:21PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
another lame post. but i see you've turned yourself in to the whipping boy of this site. i guess that's what masochists like.
on February 4,2013 | 08:25PM
honopic wrote:
How profound, allie. So is Hawai'i. The only truly safe place in the whole country is ND. Everything there is roses and lollipops. Please return, for your own safety, and our sanity. Follow the yellow brick road.
on February 5,2013 | 01:56PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
honopic - as ALL-LIE says it is VERY safe in ND. http://www.examiner.com/article/mass-murder-on-indian-reservation-north-dakota-victims-include-children
on February 5,2013 | 06:36PM
zhawaii wrote:
If there are cameras, why are there no leads? The car didn't drive there by itself.
on February 4,2013 | 02:48PM
hornswoggler wrote:
Where does it say there are no leads?
on February 4,2013 | 06:04PM
My goodness, cant we all just wait until there is some sort of investigation before we start asking all these stupid questions. This is what happened to the Manti story cause we all want to think we have the story. Please people, 1st there is an investigation-then a "rationale" idea is developed-these leads turn into more leads-and hopefully the answer is arrived at.
on February 4,2013 | 06:13PM
Dawg wrote:
on February 4,2013 | 03:19PM
PCWarrior wrote:
I'd look at a jealous ex-boyfriend theory.
on February 4,2013 | 03:53PM
inverse wrote:
I agree, or maybe one or both were "dealing with the devil" in use/distribution of drugs. Given the article said robbery was NOT the motive, appears this execution appears to be motivated by personal reasons and NOT a random act of violence.
on February 5,2013 | 06:35AM
nolerd wrote:
My money is on a scorned lover on one side or the other. Either way, it's a sad event.
on February 4,2013 | 04:09PM
KamaainaUH wrote:
Why????!!!!!!! Fullerton is my hometown and there is no safer city besides Irvine which is the safest city in America. Nothing is making sense anymore.
on February 4,2013 | 04:41PM
joshislost wrote:
Wow bad things follow donovan huh
on February 4,2013 | 07:01PM
honopic wrote:
You and joewilly should get a room. You seem very compatible.
on February 5,2013 | 02:02PM
Anonymous wrote:
Not a single person heard gunshots?! For an area that is supposedly safe you would think the sound of gunfire, which I would imagine would be amplified in a parking structure, would prompt people to call it in.
on February 5,2013 | 07:00AM
pgkemp wrote:
try the rooftop
on February 5,2013 | 07:38AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
think maybe the windows might have been closed? Come-on you're sounding like ALL-LIE
on February 5,2013 | 06:40PM