Christopher Dorner case: Memorial Sunday for slaying victims
A memorial service for Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence, believed to be the first victims of what authorities said was ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner's deadly rampage, is scheduled Sunday morning at Concordia University in Irvine, where the two victims were former students.
The couple met at Concordia, where they both played basketball. Quan, a 28-year-old assistant basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton, and Lawrence, a 27-year-old USC safety officer, were recently engaged before they were shot to death on Feb. 3.
The memorial service at the university is scheduled for 11 a.m.
The service is "going to be extremely tough,'' Tim Preuss, Concordia's dean of arts and science, told City News Service. "Monica and Keith were both great students, great leaders and both were really talented athletes as well.''
"They were widely known, dearly loved," Preuss said. "We're still trying to wrap our heads around this senseless tragedy that took them so quickly and
Authorities found their bodies in Lawrence's car in the parking structure of their condominium complex in Irvine.
Dorner is suspected of targeting them because Quan was the daughter of retired Los Angeles police Capt. Randy Quan, who represented Dorner at a personnel hearing over his firing from the LAPD.
Their deaths sparked a massive manhunt for Dorner, who also is accused of killing Riverside police Officer Michael Crain and San Bernardino County sheriff's Deputy Jeremiah MacKay before being cornered in a cabin near Big Bear. Dorner took his own life after a shootout with police.
Concordia representatives said there will be no cameras or video recording devices allowed on campus during the memorial.
-- Jeremiah Dobruck
Photo: Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence. Credit: Natasha Belou