Kim Baldonado and Mike Tauber
The motive for the murders of Keith Lawrence and Monica Quan remained a mystery Monday night. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 11pm on Monday, February 4, 2013
An Irvine couple has been found dead in the parking structure of their apartment complex, police said Monday.
Keith Lawrence, 27, and Monica Quan, 28, were apparently shot to death inside their car on the top floor of the garage of the building where they lived, Irvine police Sgt. Noelle Smiley said.
Quan was the assistant women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton and a former star athlete at Walnut High School.
Friends gathered at Walnut High Monday night to light candles and pray for the victims.
"It's crazy," said former Walnut High basketball teammate Julie Escalera. "I feel like we're all wondering why. There's no reason I can imagine anyone wanting to do something like this to her."
Cal State Fullerton President Mildred Garcia said in a statement released Monday that the loss was tragic and heartwrenching.
"We hope that Monica's family and friends will feel and be comforted by our support during this difficult time," Garcia said.
In addition, she said, counselors will be available to work with the university's students and athletes.
Police arrived on the scene at the pair's apartment building shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday, after receiving a call that someone was slumped over the steering wheel of a car in the garage, in the 2100 block of Scholarship, near the intersection of Jamboree Road and Campus Drive.
They found Lawrence and Quan in the vehicle, Smiley said.
The pair were engaged to be married.
Police are investigating the deaths as a double homicide, Smiley said.