Woman in Irvine double homicide was Cal State Fullerton coach
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.
“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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