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

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

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Religion = cause of the human race's undoing.

So many negative things happen in the name of religion.

Doesn't just happen at parties in the hood.

Must be a member of the nra.

Two idiots...what more is there to say?

the minute this Iranian guy showed up with knives and guns, they should have called the cops--he clearly had a problem to show up at a party with that much hardware...(and at 55 years of age...unbelievable...you hope that such stupid, stupid behavior stops by the time you "grow up"...) what a terrible tragedy

Nothing was done "in the name of religion." They had alcohol. If the guy had said anything else that was derogatory about the other guy's wife, the end result would likely have been the same.

So many negative things happen because of ALCOHOL.

No it doesn't always happen in parties in the hood...However, it NORMALLY happens in parties in the hood...

Anyway, why was this guy insulting wives at the party...a costly mistake...

No, Marcia, religion isn't the cause of the world going to pieces. You said it yourself: "Things done in the name of religion.." There's a difference - Jesus even said that there would be those doing things in his name whom he would not recognize.

Where is Paul Harvey when we need the rest of the story.

What did he call her??

Shag: you don't have to live in the hood, to be a hoodrat. Insulting someone's wife and then a retaliatory killing over it... is hoodrat mentality.

returned to the party, where guests had been >>>drinking alcohol>>> and shut in..where does????????????????????????
Religion fit in? someone said something he did not like hearing..and Killed someone because he has a SICK IDIOT mind..


humans = cause of the human race's undoing

Marcia, your comment is spectacularly inane. It would be just as easy to look at this scenario and blame alcohol or testosterone. Instead, you extrapolate to a generalization that religion is the cause of humanity's undoing.

There are lots of negative things that have happened in the name of religion, this is for sure. But, there have been a lot of positive things performed in the name of religion. It is actually arguable that humanity would have undone itself by now without religion.

How you derive your conclusion from the above reported scenario is really bewildering.

What a moron.

Marcia, you cannot blame all the "negative" in our human society on "religion".

Don't forget that "religion" also founded hospitals and orphanages. Also, in the name of 'anti-religion' (communism, Marxism, Nazism, socialism, atheism...) more travesty, death, and evil was brought to our society.

Choose your arguments wisely.

so what religion were these people, marcia?

1. wasnt in the hood.
2. religion has nothing to do with it. alcohol and guns did

its a crying shame this had to happen and norm will be missed

trolls need not comment.

Religious war has always been around. Religion is the root of all mankind problems.

By the way, Persian = Iranian. Gee, I wonder why the Times chose to use the PC version. LOL!

religions have been the downfall of humans since it was invented thousands of years ago... it will never change..

Marcia, I think it was new year's related. I think the calendar is the cause of the human race's undoing.

Shag, unlike the parties in the hood, people were witness's to the crime and told their story to the police.

Nuke Glendale and stop the "Persian" plague from spreading into Pasadena! Human trash like the killer in this case do not deserve our hospitality any longer. GO BACK TO ARMENIA!

It appears he was the innocent victim of a fool with a gun. Were they struggling over control of the gun. I know it is not pleasant to hear your wife being called names but, to go get a gun about it.

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