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Walnut Lowers Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Monica Quan

Mayor Pro Tem, a retired LAPD detective, suggested the flags be lowered to honor Quan, who was fatally shot Sunday.

The city of Walnut lowered flags to half-staff at all of its facilities today in memory of Walnut High School alum Monica Quan.  The flags will remain at half-mast until Quan's funeral services, city officials said in a press release.

Quan, 28, and her fiancé, 27-year-old Keith Lawrence, were fatally shot Sunday in the parking lot of their apartment building in Irvine.  On Wednesday, Irvine Police Chief David Maggard announced that investigators have a suspect in the case, 33-year-old former LAPD officer Christopher Jordan Dorner.

A statewide manhunt is underway for Dorner, who also is suspected of killing a Riverside Police officer today and injuring another.  Dorner also is wanted for his alleged involvement in a shootout in Corona in which an LAPD officer was grazed. The officer's partner was not injured.

The Walnut City Council expressed its condolences to the Quan family.  Mayor Mary Su said that city staff sent flowers to the Quan family and she also personally sent a message.

“In this sad time, we need to remember the great person Monica was and her great accomplishments,” she said. “Our condolences go out to the Quan family. Monica will be missed and always remembered as part of our community.”

Mayor Pro Tem Tom King suggested that the city lower the flags.  King, a retired LAPD detective, worked with Quan’s father Randy Quan, who also retired from the department.

Randy Quan reportedly represented Dorner during a

“Randy worked for me at LAPD and was a strong advocate for fairness and justice,” King said in an email. “Always a professional, I cannot imagine the grief that he and Sylvia feel.  As long as I can remember they were cheering Monica as shemade a name for herself at Walnut Ranch Park playing in AYSO and at Walnut High as a star athlete.”

Monica 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.

She 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.

For additional information about the city honoring Quan, call Public Information Officer, Fabiola Huerta at 909-595-7543. For information about the City of Walnut, please visit our web site at www.ci.walnut.ca.us.

--City News Service contributed to this report.

Vito Spago February 08, 2013 at 03:51 AM
Why not half staff for Keith Lawrence, too. Or doesn't he count?
notsomuch February 08, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Monica was FROM Walnut Vito....she has roots there.....it's nothing against her fiancee.....and YES he does count, however, didn't the other day when you stated that their "shacking up" got them into this mess.....
Vito Spago February 08, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Spare me. Keith Lawrence's connection with Monica and her father got him killed. That is a fact. "Racially Diverse" Walnut doesn't give a hoot about Keith Lawrence. Sad.
julia green February 08, 2013 at 07:54 PM
So very sad. About this beautiful couple, and the sad state of race relations in LA. As a Texan, I would think that the young couple so tragically murdered would represent a moving forward, instead of what appears to be the opposite.
Walnut Alumni February 08, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Monica was from Walnut, she was a contributing member of our community. The city did the same thing for other young alumni when they passed away including Brian Zelmanski. Don’t turn it into a race issue. Walnut has zero racial tension, quote the numerous articles from 1996 and on. Your argument in weak and unfounded, if you were from here you would know.
Walnut Alumni February 08, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Here’s a thought, Vito… maybe Keith Lawrence and Monica Quan were killed because of the person pointing the gun at them. How dare you insinuate that Monica Quan would in any way be responsible for anything in this horrible situation. Shame on you playing into the devil’s evil games and false thoughts of guilt. He is at fault and he is probably trying to trick these wonderful families into believing exactly what you are saying. The devil is a LIAR. God is LOVE. Go to God Vito, you need prayer.
Julia Nelson February 08, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Some people on these forums always love to be the turd in the punch bowl.
Vito Spago February 09, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Walnut A and Julia: Keep your heads in the sand and keep declaring all is all right. It clearly is not. Race relations in the US, Walnut and Los Angeles suck and cities such as Walnut, local papers, and cops such as Randy Quan just perpetuate it. If you were religious, you would pray for better race relations. If all is OK why would anyone want to kill innocents? Yep, he is just a nutcase. Vito is just a nutcase. Wash your hand of the entire 'problem'.
Vito Spago February 09, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Yep, glad to be in your punch bowl of kool aid that denies crooked cops and racism exist. Keep drinking it and denying the truth. Wring your hands at the 'bad man'.
I heart Walnut February 09, 2013 at 08:42 AM
Vito Spago just hates the City of Walnut even though he's lived here since the 80's!! No one here denied the corruption of police departments and YOU Vito are the one that brought rasicm in (like you usually do on these threads) I'm starting to realize that you were probably affected by some sort of indifferences with your peers that you blame on rasicm but in reality its probably because you're an ignorant A-hole and nothing to do with race. Simply put, Monica was from here. Hopefully Mr. Lawrence's hometown followed suit and flew their flags half staff in his honor too.
SPG February 22, 2013 at 11:44 PM
as it relates to DB Patch.... this is.... the.best.comment.ever! thanks julia! for letting me know there remain SANE, RATIONAL AND COMMUNITY MINDED people left living in the area.

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