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Memorial Set for Two Dorner Murder Victims

Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence will be remembered Sunday in Irvine.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at Concordia University in Irvine for Cal State Fullerton women's assistant basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiance Keith Lawrence, the first two people authorities say were murdered by fired Los Angeles Police Department Officer Christopher Dorner.

Quan and Lawrence met when they were students and basketball players at Concordia University.

Sunday's service is " going to be extremely tough," said Tim Preuss, Concordia's dean of arts and science, who met Quan and Lawrence when he was the university's athletic director.

"Monica and Keith were both great students, great leaders and both were really talented athletes as well," Preuss said.

"They were widely known, dearly loved. We're still trying to wrap our heads around this senseless tragedy that took them so quickly and unexpectedly."

Quan started her coaching career at Concordia as she worked on her master's degree in coaching and athletic administration.

Most first-year coaches stay in the background, but that wasn't Quan's style, Preuss told City News Service.

"Usually a new-kid-on-the-block young coach stays in the background," Preuss said. 'But that wasn't Monica. She wasn't a pushy person, but she was really intense."

Assistant coaches usually stay seated through a game, but Quan was often on her feet, Preuss said.

"The ref will give a head coach a little latitude, but here's Monica, a first-year graduate assistant, she's on her feet, stomping on the floor because some kid's not doing what they were supposed to or she didn't like the ref's call," Preuss said.

Preuss also recalled the time Lawrence "made an incredible 3-point shot to extend a game into a fourth overtime, which we ended up winning." A clip of that shot on YouTube was often played on television newscasts following the couple's slaying Feb. 3.

"He was just one of those people who was a fierce competitor on the court, but off court he was so friendly, so genial," Preuss said.

Although they were star athletes they didn't act like it, Preuss said.

"A lot of time you get star basketball players --and it doesn't matter the size of the university -- they're so full of themselves," Preuss said. "But that was never Keith. He was always approachable, humble and kind."

Preuss also fondly remembered how Quan's parents would come to all of the team's games. Her mother would cook a big meal for the team once a year, he said.

"That's rare these days," Preuss said. "It's rare that they embraced the whole team as part of an extended family."

Lawrence graduated from the Ventura County Sheriff's Academy and joined USC's Department of Public Safety in August.

Quan was in her second season at Cal State Fullerton after two seasons as an assistant coach at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

Quan, a star athlete at Walnut High School, played basketball at Cal State Long Beach from 2003-05 before transferring to Concordia University, where she graduated in 2007 with a degree in exercise and sports science. In 2009, she earned a master's degree.

Quan, 28, and Lawrence, 27, were found shot to death at 9:10 p.m. Feb. 3 in his parked car at 2100 Scholarship. Police suspect it was a revenge- killing. Quan's father, a retired LAPD captain, represented Dorner at a Board of Rights hearing that led to his firing.

John B. Greet February 23, 2013 at 06:40 PM
How tragic that these two fine young people were murdered from ambush by a person who believed he was somehow justified in becoming a violent vigilante and a callous serial murderer. In a civil society, governed according to the rule of law, where everyone has equal access to due process, there can be no justification for resorting to unlawful violence to impose one's personal view of justice upon others. http://belmontshore.patch.com/blog_posts/vigilantism-is-never-excusable
Mike Ruehle February 23, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Not much different than the way Long Beach Police killed Doug Zerby from ambush without warning for having the audacity of holding a hose nozzle. Somehow Long Beach police felt justified in killing Zerby in the back yard of a private residence without even notifying him that he was doing anything wrong or was under arrest. Multiple police officers just kept shooting him until he was dead. There is no such thing as a civil society when cops play Judge Dredd and administer capital punishment as they see fit without due process. Ours is fast becoming a police state where police killings and their misconduct is not addressed and media outlets succumb to their pressure and only print what they are told by police to print.
Mike Ruehle February 23, 2013 at 09:56 PM
How about we talk about the equal acces to due process provided the 71 year old woman and her daughter delivering newspapers who were fired upon by 8 police officers without warning. 102 bullet holes were counted in their pickup truck they were driving, seven bullet holes in a nearby tree and many more bullet holes in the residential homes surrounding the area this occurred. Maybe someone can explain to me how this represents a civil society and justify the police imposing their department's PERSONAL view of justice upon others. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/22/17058326-8-lapd-officers-involved-in-shooting-after-dorner-case-of-mistaken-identity
John B. Greet February 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM
There are numerous differences between the case of Dorner's commission of serial-murder-by-ambush, and the tragic killing-by-mistake of Doug Zerby by LBPD officers. Were Ruehle not so mired in his pettiness and his prejudices he might be able to discern these differences more clearly. No police misconduct is acceptable, but not all questionable police actions rise to the level of misconduct, let alone crimes. Sometimes they are just tragic mistakes that are, in every case, exhaustively (and independently) investigated. People like Ruehle simply disagree with the results of some of these investigations. It is entirely their right to do so. The officer-involved shootings in Torrance are still under investigation. If any officer misconduct can be proven, those responsible should pay the steepest civil and/or criminal penalties the law allows.

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