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Woman in Irvine double homicide was Cal State Fullerton coach

February 4, 2013 | 11:05 am

A 28-year-old woman who was found dead along with her boyfriend in a parked car at an upscale Irvine condo has been identified as the assistant woman’s basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton.

Monica Quan, who played at Long Beach State and Concordia University, and her boyfriend, Keith Lawrence, were found shot to death late Sunday. Police are continuing to investigate the case as a double homicide.

"The loss of any member of the Titan family causes our community great grief, but the loss of one of our own under these circumstances is indeed tragic and heartwrenching," Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García said in a statement.

The bodies of Keith Lawrence, 27, and Quan were found with gunshot wounds in Lawrence’s parked car at about 9:10 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said the couple recently moved into the building at 2100 Scholarship.

Quan was in her second season as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton, according to a campus spokesman. She previously worked as lead assistant coach at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, according to her online bio, and played for Long Beach State in 2003-05 before transferring to Concordia University in Irvine.

She graduated from Concordia in 2007 with a degree in exercise and sports science and completed her master’s degree in 2009. She attended Walnut High School, where she set school records for the most three-pointers in a season and a game.

Gunshots were not reported Sunday night but a passerby called police after seeing Lawrence’s body slumped over in the car, police said. Entry into the parking structure requires a key-code and there are security cameras throughout the complex, a resident said, adding that some spaces are allocated for overnight guests.

“We moved here because it was so safe -- Irvine was the safest city in America,” said Sharon Smith, who has lived in the complex for a few years. “I guess like anywhere else, we're going to have a few incidents. ... Nobody worries about living here.”

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Storified by @lanow's curation of social media· Mon, Feb 04 2013 10:51:23

Dang... Sad day. Confirmed that #CSF WBB assistant Monica Quan murdered over the weekend with her fiance.Steve Chen
The world lost a very beautiful/gentle/bright soul in Monica Quan. She was a great coach and even better person. Taken way too young.Kristen Dowling
My heart breaks for her family, the #CSUF Family, and the CLU family. My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with you all.Kristen Dowling
RIP Coach Mo, I'm honored to have been coached by you #thoughts&prayers Megan Richardson
RIP coach Mo. Prayers to my lady titans. I love you allLG
RIP Monica Quan. The best basketball player I've ever known.k£ïth ƒujïmø†ø
God bless CSUF coach mo RIPTrinidad GRetch
Our hearts & condolences goes out to @FullertonTitans @WBBTitans on the loss asst. coach Monica Quan. Everyone is a #Titan today.#bigwestLBSU Soccer
I'm in complete shock right now, thoughts out to all who knew Coach Mo RIPRyan Lee
My heart goes out to the csuf girls basketball team and family.lauren mario
 -- Lauren William, John Canalis and Kate Mather

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