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Ex-LAPD officer a 'person of interest' in O.C. killings

February 6, 2013 |  7:21 pm
PHOTOS: Memorial for slain basketball coach

Authorities on Wednesday evening were searching for a former Los Angeles police officer whom they described as a "person of interest" in the slaying of a college basketball coach and her fiance in Irvine, according to law enforcement sources.

The victims were found shot to death in the parking garage of their Irvine condominium complex Sunday night. The Orange County coroner said each died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing, stressed that the ex-officer was not a suspect at this time but is wanted for questioning. It was unclear why the officer left the department, but the sources said he was fired several years ago.

PHOTOS: Memorial for slain basketball coach

Autopsies have been completed for Monica Quan, 28, an assistant women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton, and Keith Lawrence, 27, a public safety officer at USC, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman with the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

He would not elaborate on the cause of death, or give information about how many times the engaged couple had been shot and where on the bodies the wounds were , citing the ongoing investigation.

Authorities are still searching for leads in the crime, which police do not believe was a murder-suicide, or motivated by robbery.

Investigators have said little about the crime or any possible suspects.

The two were engaged in January and had recently moved into an upscale condominium complex near UC Irvine and Concordia University, where both were basketball stars, family members said.

Anyone with information is asked to call (949) 724-7192.

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Photo: Kendra Carraway, center, a high school basketball teammate of Monica Quan, hugs a friend during a  candlelight vigil.  Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times

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