A couple, both former basketball players were found dead in a parking garage on sunday. Really Sad to hear stories like this.
IRVINE – Keith Lawrence was in the driver’s seat, a standout basketball player with a new job as a USC patrol officer, shot and slumped behind the wheel. Monica Quan was next to him, also a basketball star, now a much-loved basketball coach, also shot dead.
They had recently become engaged, recently moved into the Irvine condominium complex where they were found Sunday night, on the top level of a parking garage. Police released few details but said they were convinced based on the evidence that the killings were neither a murder-suicide nor a robbery gone bad. Authorities refused to disclose what about the evidence has led them to their initial conclusions.
“There’s no obvious motive,” Lt. Julia Engen of the Irvine Police Department said.
Coaches, friends and others who knew Lawrence, 27, and Quan, 28, remembered them as stars off the court as much as on. A middle-school teacher, for example, said Quan made her think about the type of parent she would have to become to raise a child like her.
They met at Concordia University in Irvine, where they both played guard for the school’s basketball teams. She was 5-foot-5 but was among the team leaders for three-pointers. He hit one of the most dramatic shots in recent school history, a buzzer-beating three-pointer in triple overtime that helped send Concordia to the NAIA finals.