Memorials Held for Victims of Santa Monica Shootings

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) — A series of tearful memorials were held Sunday in Santa Monica for the victims of Friday’s deadly shooting rampage.

Among those remembered was Marcela Franco, a 26-year-old who had registered to attend classes at Santa Monica College.

Franco died at the hospital on 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.

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

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

Friends and family members of the Francos tried to come to terms with their deaths at a prayer vigil on Sunday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica.

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

The man believed to have carried out a deadly shootings was officially identified by authorities as 23-year-old John Zawahri.

His father Samir Zawahri, 55, and brother Christopher Zawahri, 24, were remembered at a separate memorial service Sunday near the Zawahri’s fire-damaged home.

An unidentified woman was also killed in the rampage, however, her name has not yet been released.

Santa Monica College planned to hold a vigil for all of the victims on Monday, June 10, at 6 p.m. in front of the SMC Library on the main campus.

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