Santa Monica College student who was shot while in an SUV on campus during
Friday’s shooting spree has died, it was reported. She is the fifth victim from
officials have confirmed Sunday to the media Marcela Dia Franco, 26, died of her
injuries; she died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.
Marcela, who had registered to take classes during the upcoming summer session
at SMC, had visited the campus Friday with her father, 68-year-old Carlos
Navarro Franco; he also died.
to news reports, Marcela Franco was visiting campus to buy textbooks.
others were also killed, reportedly, during the shooting spree, including the
brother and father of the suspected gunman and a woman outside the SMC library.
to SMC and news reports, the community college created a fund in honor of the
suspected gunman has been identified as John Zawahri, 23; law enforcement
officials gunned him down early Friday afternoon, one day before what would
have been his twenty-fourth birthday.
and other law enforcement agencies are still trying to determine Zawarhi’s
motives, though during a press conference Saturday afternoon Santa Monica
Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks stated she presumed the shooting spree to be
added Zawarhi was dressed in all black and maintained with him an assault rifle
and about 1,300 ammunition rounds during the shooting spree.
shooting spree, which apparently started just before noon Friday when a house
fire was reported at Yorkshire Avenue, last 13 minutes, according to
authorities and reports; the house was apparently where Zawarhi allegedly
killed his brother and father.
had reportedly enrolled in classes at SMC in 2010.
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