For those who knew one of Christopher Dorner's first alleged victims, Monica Quan, a former Cal State Long Beach basketball player and an assistant women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton, the news of Dorner's death was a relief.
"Monica's family and her friends and all her loved ones can now officially say their final goodbyes and celebrate her life the way it should be celebrated," said Jody Wynn, head coach of the CSULB women's basketball team.
Quan, 28, was found with her fiance, Keith Lawrence, 27, in his car on the top floor of a parking structure Feb. 3 at an upscale condominium complex in Irvine where they lived. Police say Dorner killed the couple to get revenge on Quan's father, an attorney who had represented Dorner before he was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department.
While Wynn didn't coach Quan during her time on the team from 2002 to 2005 before she transferred to Concordia University in Irvine, she said she knew Quan as a fellow coach.
Wynn said the CSULB team had been closely following the Dorner manhunt, even though the players had never taken the court with Quan.
"She's a member of the women's basketball sorority. It seems like we all know everyone," Wynn said. "It's a small, close-knit community."
Quan interviewed for an assistant coach position four years ago at CSULB and Wynn has since been following Quan's career, the coach said.
"She was one that was classy, hard working and passionate, and you could just see it," Wynn said. "She was so optimistic with everything and really driven.