Carlos Franco Family Memorial Fund
Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, a groundskeeper and longtime member of the Santa Monica College family, and his youngest daughter, Marcela, 26, were killed during the tragic series of shootings that culminated on our main campus.
Carlos was truly a family man. He was a dedicated husband and father and an integral part of the Santa Monica College family. A groundskeeper whose work was appreciated by anyone who strolled through the main campus, especially the quad, Carlos was our SMC colleague for 22 years. Those close to him say that he devoted his life to his work and to his family.
When asked to describe Carlos, Tom Corpus, his supervisor, said: "Carlos was a very, very hard worker. He loved his job. He tried to make people happy and make sure he did the best job he could. He was all about his job. He was just a great asset to the college. Everything Carlos did was for the college and for his family."
"Every time I visited him, he would talk about his daughters and his family," said his nephew Mario Franco, a member of SMC’s Workforce and Economic Development Department. “He was a big family man. Everything he did was literally for his daughters."
The death of Carlos and Marcela was not the first tragedy to strike the Franco family. Carlos' son died two summers ago in a car accident. Carlos and Marcela's immediate family includes wife/mother, Ramona, who works at Saint John’s Hospital Child Study Center, and daughter/sister Leticia. Carlos’ extended SMC family includes nephew Mario Franco, Student Services Specialist Sandra Franco, and Board of Trustee Member Margaret Quiñones-Pérez.
The Santa Monica College Foundation established a memorial fund honoring Carlos Franco and his family. Donations may be made online at foundation.smc.edu/FrancoMemorial
, or via mail to the Santa Monica College Foundation, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405. All proceeds will go directly to the family.
Margarita Gomez Family Memorial Fund
Ms. Margarita Gomez, age 68, was the fifth and final shooting victim of Friday's attack, and the third victim attacked on our campus.
An SMC neighbor, Margarita was a familiar figure on campus, visiting frequently to collect and recycle discarded items. She was well-liked by the SMC groundskeepers, students, faculty, and staff that she interacted with, who remember her as someone who was always happy.
"She was just the nicest lady," said SMC Bookstore manager David Dever. "She would come by the bookstore regularly, and always had a big smile for us."
Margarita was the mother of two sons, Gabriel and Rafael Torres. She was also active in the Senior Latino Club that meets every Thursday at Virginia Avenue Park. Margarita regularly donated a portion of the money from her recycling activities to the club, which supports organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Santa Monica College Foundation has established The Margarita Gomez Family Memorial Fund in her honor. Please visit foundation.smc.edu/GomezMemorial
for additional information or to make a donation. All proceeds will go directly to the family.