Fifth Victim Dies In SMC Shooting Spree

Sunday, 9 Jun 2013, 2:43:00 PM

Parimal M. Rohit

A wall on Pearl street memorializes the spot where Marcela Dia Franco and her father Carlos Navarro Franco, the school's groundskeeper, were shot on Friday.  Marcela, an incoming SMC student who had registered to take classes during the upcoming summer session at SMC, had visited the campus Friday with her father, 68-year-old ; he also died. Carlos was a SMC grounds keeper of 22 years.
Photo by Roger Morante
A wall on Pearl street memorializes the spot where Marcela Dia Franco and her father Carlos Navarro Franco, the school's groundskeeper, were shot on Friday. Marcela, an incoming SMC student who had registered to take classes during the upcoming summer session at SMC, had visited the campus Friday with her father, 68-year-old ; he also died. Carlos was a SMC grounds keeper of 22 years.

A

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

the rampage.

SMC

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.

According

to news reports, Marcela Franco was visiting campus to buy textbooks.

Three

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.

According

to SMC and news reports, the community college created a fund in honor of the

Franco family.

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.

SMPD

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

premeditated.

Seabrooks

added Zawarhi was dressed in all black and maintained with him an assault rifle

and about 1,300 ammunition rounds during the shooting spree.

The

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.

Zawarhi

had reportedly enrolled in classes at SMC in 2010.

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