FULLERTON, Calif. -- Monica Quan, an assistant coach for the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team who died over the weekend, was remembered Monday by Marcia Foster, coach of the Titan women's basketball team.
"There really are no words to convey the sadness we feel at the loss, those of us who have had the privilege of working with her," she said during a 12:30 p.m. press conference in Titan Gym.
"A really bright light was put out way too soon — someone whose passion was impacting young women with the game of basketball. As an assistant, she was someone I counted on to tell me the truth. I loved that about her; I loved her work ethic and her passion for life. We are going to have some work to do because too many young women have been affected by this."
Quan, 28, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, were found inside a parked car in Irvine on Sunday, the victims of a shooting that police are characterizing as a double homicide. Irvine police are investigating.
The press conference was opened by Athletics Director Jim Donovan, who said: "We were very shocked and saddened to learn what's happened to Monica. She was a second-year coach for us and a very special person."
This morning, CSUF President Mildred García, notified the campus community of the tragedy.
"The loss of any member of the Titan family causes our community great grief, but the loss of one of our own under these circumstances is indeed tragic and heart wrenching," stated García in an email. "We hope that Monica's family and friends will feel and be comforted by our support during this difficult time. In addition, counselors will be working with our staff and student-athletes as we all begin to struggle with the suddenness of losing such a special member of our university."
A decorated four-year letter winner out of Walnut High School and a member of the school's Hall of Fame, Quan's collegiate playing career began at Long Beach State where she played two seasons from 2003-05 before transferring to Concordia University in Irvine, graduating in 2007 with a degree in exercise and sport science and, later, a master's degree in 2009.
QUOTES FROM TODAY'S PRESS CONFERENCE
Head Coach Marcia Foster
"We just shared a moment of incredible joy with Monica on her recent engagement... Here's what I want to tell you, I want to tell you that a really bright light was put out way too soon. Somebody, whose passion was impacting young women through the game of basketball, has been taken away from us in a very unfortunate situation."
"As a second-year assistant for me, she was someone I counted on to tell me the truth, I loved that about her. I loved her work ethic. I loved her passion for life. We are going to have some work to do because too many young women have been affected by this."