A vigil was held Thursday afternoon in Claremont for a campus security officer who was stabbed to death by an assailant — who was later killed in an officer-involved shooting at Cal Poly Pomona.
Mark Manlapaz, 37, of Victorville had been a Claremont park ranger for three years and was a 16-year veteran of the Cal Poly Pomona Campus Security team, according to a Facebook post by the city of Claremont that described Manlapaz as “a friendly, helpful, and dedicated figure in the Claremont Wilderness Park and on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona.”
The name of the suspect killed during the incident on June 29, remains on a security hold, according to Lt. Dave Smith of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
The vigil to honor the memory of Manlapaz was attended by dozens of people at Lewis Park, located at 1700 Danbury Road in Claremont.
Manlapaz, in his capacity as a senior park ranger for the city, worked to implement the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park Master Plan and oversaw the ranger program, the Claremont Courier reported.
The stabbing occurred at 4:30 p.m. on June 29 in the 3500 block of West Pomona Boulevard, and the shooting happened about 25 minutes later near University Road and Temple Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
A fellow employee found Manlapaz stabbed to death in his truck in a rural part of the campus, sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said.
A short time later, witnesses called police to report they might have located the suspect near Lyle Center, officials said.
Officers from the Pomona Police Department and California State University Police arrived and an officer-involved shooting occurred.
A knife was recovered, Corina said.
Both victims were pronounced dead at the respective scenes, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said.