Dorner manhunt: Girls basketball scholarship honors slain couple
A girls basketball scholarship fund has been established in memory of Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence, an engaged couple allegedly gunned down by fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, officials said Tuesday.
Quan, 28, an assistant women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton, was the daughter of Randal Quan of the Los Angeles Police Department, who represented Dorner at his termination hearing. Dorner was fired from the LAPD in 2009.
Lawrence, 27, had recently started working for USC's Department of Public Safety as an officer.
Quan and Lawrence were found together Feb. 3 shot to death in their car in the parking structure of their condominium complex in Irvine. Dorner remains at large and has eluded a massive manhunt across the region.
USC's public safety chief, John Thomas, said Monday that Lawrence was a law enforcement officer who had a bright future ahead of him. Lawrence "was a member of the law enforcement community. He wasn't on duty when he was killed," Thomas said, "but this was a man who made a conscious decision to serve other people."
The Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence Girls Basketball Scholarship Fund was created on behalf of the Quan family by the Law Enforcement Assn. of Asian Pacifics, Thomas said.
"This fund will be used to assist with various expenses associated with girls basketball programs in Southern California," Thomas wrote in an email.
Checks should be made out to LEAAP with "The Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence Girls Basketball Scholarship Fund" written in the memo section. Send donations to LEAAP, P.O. Box 11336, Glendale, CA 91206.
For those who want to donate directly, the "LAPFCU" account number is 2023289-S4.
-- Ari Bloomekatz
Photo: A mourner signs a condolence book for slain Cal State Fullerton assistant women's basketball coach Monica Quan before a home game against UC Irvine on Saturday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times