Couple found dead in Irvine parking lot ID’d

04 Feb
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Keith Lawrence, 27, and his fiancée, Monica Quan, 28, were found shot inside a parked car on the top floor of a parking structure in Irvine late Sunday.

IRVINE – Two people who were found shot inside a parked car Sunday have been identified as a couple in their 20s, police officials said.

Keith Lawrence, 27, and his fiancée, Monica Quan, 28, were discovered inside the car on the top floor of a parking structure at 2100 Scholarship.

They were found at about 9:10 p.m. after officers received a call of someone slumped over inside the car.

The couple had recently moved into area, said Lt. Julia Engen of the Irvine Police Department.

“It doesn’t appear they were robbed,” Engen said. “There’s no obvious motive.”

Investigators are also trying to determine when the shooting occurred. When an officer arrived at the parking structure, it was obvious that both Lawrence and Quan had been dead for some time, officials said.

The shooting appears to have taken place where the two where found.

The vehicle belonged to Lawrence, authorities said.

No arrests had been made as of Monday morning.

Lawrence and Quan were graduates of Concordia University, and Quan worked for Cal State Fullerton, Engen said.

The couple shared a love of basketball and both played for Concordia teams during their time as students.

For the last two years, Quan had served as assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Cal State Fullerton. Her resume also included assistant coaching positions at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks and Diamond Bar High School. From 2007-2009, while she was working on her master’s degree, she was a graduate assistant for Concordia’s team.

She played for the school’s team 2005-2007, while completing a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science. From 2003-2005, she attended California State University Long Beach, where she also played basketball.

At Walnut High School in Long Beach, she earned a place in the Hall of Fame for most three-pointers during a season and a game. She is survived by parents Sylvia and Randal Quan, according to the Cal State Fullerton website.

Her father is known for a long career in the Los Angeles Police Department, making history as the first Chinese-American captain in the department. In 2002, he was named chief of police at Cal Poly Pomona. He was fired about 6 months after and in 2004 sued for wrongful termination, according to CSU public affairs. The suit was dismissed in 2005.

Keith Lawrence attended Concordia 2006-2008, after studying at Moorpark College. He played on the Concordia basketball team during the 2007-08 season, traveling to the 2007 NAIA National Championship and earning a place on the all-tournament team.



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