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Marcela Franco Dies, Becomes 6th Fatality in Santa Monica Rampage

Marcela Franco Dies, Becomes 6th Fatality in Santa Monica Rampage
Courtesy Antony Citrano

The death toll in the Santa Monica rampage went up to six today as Santa Monica College announced that 26-year-old Marcela Franco succumbed to her injuries at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

She was leaving SMC with her father in his SUV when a suspect opened fire, killing 68-year-old Carlos Franco, a longtime groundskeeper at the campus, and initially putting his daughter in critical condition:

The two, who lived near University High School in West L.A., were reportedly on campus to buy books because the younger Franco wanted to continue her education by taking classes at SMC.

It was a last-minute trip to dad's place of work, according to Fox 11 News' Tony Valdez.

SMC president Chui L. Tsang stated this today:

Marcela had registered to attend classes this summer at SMC and was with her father Carlos when Friday's tragedy struck.

Our deepest sympathies go to the Franco family. At the appropriate time, the College will convene a campus-wide memorial. We will provide details going forward.

Marcela Franco Dies, Becomes 6th Fatality in Santa Monica Rampage
Photo courtesy Antony Citrano

The victims of a Friday rampage attributed to John Zawahri, who would have turned 24 Saturday, including his father and brother, Samir Zawahri, 55 and Christopher Zawahri, 24, as well as the Francos.

See also: Shooting at Santa Monica College; Suspect, Four Victims Dead, Police Say.

An additional victim, an elderly woman who was collecting cans on campus when she was shot by a suspect, had yet to be identified.

See also: Santa Monica College Shooting: Custodian Witnessed Point-Blank Shooting.

John Zawahri was fatally shot by cops after he entered the campus library, apparently with the intention of shooting more people.

A former Santa Monica police officer told one news station that John Zawahri was the focus on an investigation when he was still in high school: A years-ago search of that family home where his father and brother were found dead Friday had turned up weapons and bomb-making materials, she said.

Photos courtesy Antony Citrano.

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