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Argument at Persian New Year's party led to Pasadena art college teacher's death

March 22, 2010 | 12:19 pm

Lanow.schureman An argument at a Persian New Year's party in Westlake Village turned deadly when someone allegedly used a religious expletive against a guest's wife, police said Monday.

A design teacher at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Norman Schureman, 51, was shot and killed Sunday after the woman's husband left the party and returned with a knife and two guns, said Lt. Liam Gallagher of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

“There was a perceived insult, the suspect left the party with his wife, came back on his own with two guns,” Gallagher said Monday.

It was unclear who made the original insult, allegedly against the wife of suspect Steven Honma, 55.

Honma, who is a neighbor of the party's host in the 31000 block of Kentfield Court, returned to the party, where guests had been drinking alcohol, and pulled out a knife, Gallagher said. Honma flicked the knife open and shut in front of other partygoers, who tried to stop him, Gallagher said.

“They told him to put it away,” Gallagher said. “There was a physical altercation. They tackled him. That’s when he pulled a gun and fired it.”

Schureman was the only person hit, police said. Other guests held Honma until police arrived and arrested him. He remained in custody Monday.

Schureman, who lived in Altadena, also was a graduate of the Art Center College of Design. President Lorne M. Buchman referred to Schureman on the school's website Monday as a “celebrated and adored member of our community.”

-- Ching-Ching Ni

Photo: Norman Schureman was a professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Credit: Steven A. Heller / Art Center College of Design