Police Release Identities of Bodies Found in Irvine — Eric Spillman Reports

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IRVINE, Calif. (KTLA) — A local college basketball coach and her fiancee were found shot to death inside a car in a parking structure in Irvine Sunday night.

A passerby made the discovery just after 9 p.m. Sunday at the parking structure at an condo complex in the 2100 block of Scholarship.

irvine-couple-2Irvine police said a woman who was walking to her vehicle noticed two people slumped over over inside a car and contacted authorities.

Officers found a man and a woman shot to death inside a white Kia, which was parked on the top floor of the structure.

The victims have been identified as Keith Lawrence, 27, and his fiancée, 28-year-old Monica Quan. Police said they lived at the complex.

Investigators don’t have a motive for the killings. Police said it does not appear that the couple was robbed.

No witnesses have come forward, and no one reported hearing gunshots.

The complex is located near the intersection of Jamboree and Campus, not far from UC Irvine. Some of the units cost more than $1 million.

Lawrence and Quan were both graduates of Concordia University, and both played on Concordia basketball teams, the Orange County Register reports.

Quan had worked as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton for the last two years.

The president of Cal State Fullerton, Mildred Garcia, issued a statement on Monday, saying in part:

“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.

“We hope that Monica’s family and friends will feel and be comforted by our support during this difficult time”

Garcia also said counselors will be working with staff and students to help them cope with the tragedy.

Quan had also served as an assistant coach at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks and Diamond Bar High School.

While working on her master’s degree, she was a graduate assistant for Concordia’s team from 2007-2009.

She played basketball at Concordia from 2005-2007 while completing a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science.

She had previously attended Cal State Long Beach, where she also played basketball, from 2003-2005.

Quan was a graduate of Walnut High School, where she set a record for the most three-pointers during a season and a game.

Her father, Randal Quan, was the first Chinese-American captain in the Los Angeles Police Department, according to the Register.

In 2002, he was named chief of police at Cal Poly Pomona. He was fired after about six months, and then sued for wrongful termination in 2004.

Keith Lawrence studied at Moorpark College before attending Concordia from 2006-2008. He played on the basketball team during the 2007-2008 season.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Irvine police at (949) 724-7000.

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