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Suspected Santa Monica Gunman ID’d; Fifth Victim Dies

Marcela Franco was getting textbooks for summer classes when she was shot in the Santa Monica shooting rampage



    Suspected Santa Monica Gunman ID’d; Fifth Victim Dies
    Suspected Santa Monica gunman John Zawahri, 23. Zawahri allegedly killed five people, including his father and brother, and wounded several others when during a rampage on Friday, June 7, 2013.

    A fifth victim in the Santa Monica shooting rampage has died, the family confirmed on Sunday.

    Marcela Franco, 26, was taken off life support at a hospital on Saturday night, said her cousin between sobs.

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    She was shot along with her father, Carlos Navarro Franco, who also died on Friday, when a gunman shot at the SUV they were riding in near Santa Monica College.

    They were picking up books for summer classes at the college when they were shot, the college's president said. Marcela Franco was a student at Cal State Dominguez Hills and had registered to attend Santa Monica College this summer.

    They were among six fatalities, including the gunman, in Friday's shooting rampage. The suspected gunman has been identified as John Samir Zawahri, according to Santa Monica police.

    The suspect's father, Samir Zawahri, 55, and brother Christopher Zawahri, 24, were killed in the rampage, their bodies found in their burned home, Santa Monica police confirmed on Sunday.

    A memorial service was in progress Sunday evening for the Francos. Carlos Franco was a groundskeeper at Santa Monica College.

    "Carlos was truly a family man," wrote Chui L. Tsang, the college president in a statement posted on Facebook. "He was a dedicated husband and father and an integral part of the Santa Monica College family. His dedicated work to the campus grounds was enjoyed by students and visitors for two decades.

    "He will be sorely missed."

    Friday's violence began just before noon with a shooting and fire in a Santa Monica neighborhood. The incident continued with the gunman firing randomly at people and vehicles on city streets and the campus of Santa Monica College, where the suspect was killed by police, authorities said.

    The Santa Monica College Foundation has established a memorial fund honoring Carlos Franco.

    Donations can be made to The Carlos Franco Family Memorial Fund.

    Or by mail to: The Santa Monica College Foundation
    1900 Pico Boulevard
    Santa Monica, CA 90405

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