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Death Toll Rises in SaMo Shootings as Fifth Victim Dies

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) — Marcela Franco, a 26-year-old who had registered to attend classes at Santa Monica College died Sunday, according to officials at SMC.

“I am saddened to report that Marcela Franco passed away this morning at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center,” Santa Monica College President Chui L. Tsang said in a statement posted on the school’s website.

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The Franco family poses together (Facebook)

“Her family was with her by her side. Marcela had registered to attend classes this summer at SMC and was with her father Carlos when Friday‚Äôs tragedy struck.”

“Our deepest sympathies go to the Franco family. At the appropriate time, the college will convene a campus-wide memorial. We will provide details going forward.”

Marcela’s death makes her the fifth victim to die in the shooting rampage.

Her 68-year-old father Carlos Franco, a groundskeeper at the college, was also killed.

They were driving to the school when a gunman opened fire on them during a rampage on Friday that left three others dead.

A memorial fund in Carlos Franco’s name was set up by the SMC Foundation. For more information on the fund, click here.

The gunman, John Zawahri, 23, was later killed by police during a confrontation in the college’s library.

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