WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A woman declared brain dead following a shooting spree in Santa Monica has died, a family spokesperson confirmed to CBS2.
Marcela Dia Franco was pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a day after her family made the agonizing decision to take her off life support.
Santa Monica College President Chui L. Tsang said Franco passed away with her family by her side. The family has requested privacy while they grieve the loss of Marcela and 68-year-old Carlos Navarro Franco, the 26-year-old’s father.
“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,” Tsang said.
The woman was gravely wounded when the red Ford Explorer she was traveling in was sprayed with bullets. The vehicle subsequently plowed into a brick wall while exiting a Santa Monica College parking lot.
The elder Franco, a long-time groundskeeper at the school, was driving at the time. He was fatally shot. Loved ones of the victims said the decision to go to campus that day was made at the last-minute.
“They weren’t even supposed to be there. They just happened to decide to run the errands to go to school that day,” said Jessica Martinez, a family friend.
“She was actually trying to take more classes. She wants to further her education. She was going to take summer courses and she wanted to go get books and they were on their way home when everything happened,” Martinez said.
Specifically, loved ones of Marcela said she wanted to further her education in psychology. Her father was described as “a family man.”
Marcela’s older sister, Letty, wrote on Facebook that her heart “has been shattered into pieces.” Sunday marked the second year anniversary of the family losing a brother in a car crash.
For more information about the Carlos Franco Family Memorial Fund, click here.
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