Autopsy for Former Walnut High Star Athlete Completed

Monica Quan, and her fiance Keith Lawrence were shot dead as they sat in Lawrence's car.

Orange County authorities announced today that a 27-year-old university public safety officer found dead alongside his college basketball coach fiance were the victims of multiple gunshot wounds.

Autopsies on the bodies of Keith Lawrence and his 28-year-old fiance, Monica Quan, a former Walnut High School star athlete, were completed Tuesday and today, respectively, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

"The coroner determined that both died of multiple gunshot wounds," he said. "No further information will be released at this time."

No arrests have been made, prompting Irvine homicide investigators to set up a tip line at (949) 724-7192.

Police received a call at 9:10 p.m. Sunday reporting a person slumped over in a parked car at 2100 Scholarship. Officers found the recently engaged couple dead in Lawrence's Kia, which was parked at the top of the five-story structure for the building where they lived.

Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said there's no evidence they were being robbed, and noted that the high-density residential community is highly secure with key card access only.

Irvine had two slayings in both 2011 and 2012, according to Engen, who said overall violent crime is at "historic lows" in the city.

Quan was an assistant coach for the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team, and before that was an assistant coach at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

The couple met while at Concordia University in Irvine, where they both played basketball. Lawrence was seeking a career in law enforcement, which made him a good match for Quan, whose father was an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, friends said.

Lawrence, who graduated from the Ventura County Sheriff's Academy, was working as a patrol officer at USC's Department of Public Safety. He joined the department in August, said Carl Marziali, USC's assistant vice president of media relations.

Quan was in her second season working under Coach Marcia Foster. A star athlete at Walnut High School, Quan played basketball at Cal State Long Beach from 2003-05 before transferring to Concordia University, where she graduated in 2007 with a degree in exercise and sports science. In 2009, she earned a master's degree.

Joe Estez February 07, 2013 at 05:02 AM
Vito, That was in 2007. Time flys.
Melanie C. Johnson February 07, 2013 at 05:06 AM
Yes, the story on the suspect has been posted.
Michael February 07, 2013 at 05:27 AM
Joe E, In Walnut an ex-cop got killed by his business near the Post Office (unsolved), and there was a stabbing at Suzanne Park about two months ago. But these incidents don't bother you, now do they? So, you attack me while your city slides into Pomona, including homeless people (yes, more than one). I guess you have a great memory- but it's short. Who's the ignorant one popping off?
Walnut Resident February 07, 2013 at 06:10 AM
I would hardly say Walnut has a homelessness "problem," but obviously because there are rarely any homeless people, the city doesn't have adequate resources in place to aid those few cases. In any case, it's completely disrespectful to use these deaths as a soapbox for your own political views. Perhaps if you relayed your comments in a more appropriate context, people would take you more seriously.
Harvey Klee February 08, 2013 at 07:17 AM
Walnut was just rated the 76th safest city in the U.S. We can always get better but this convinces me that a lot of people are doing a great job and I'd like to congratulate all of Walnut.


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