Grad Killed in Murder-Suicide
UCSD graduate Karen Reis was among four killed in an apparent murder-suicide early New Year’s Day in Coronado. Reis, who graduated with a degree in cognitive science in 2009, her brother David, 25, and their friend Matthew Saturley all died from gunshot wounds inflicted by Navy pilot John Robert Reeves. Reeves then shot himself in the head.Written by Zev Hurwitz
08 January 2012
A Jan. 5 Los Angeles Times article reported that the four spent New Year’s Eve in the Gaslamp district before returning to celebrate at the Coronado apartment where the shooting took place.
Reis was a Warren College student who played for the Triton volleyball team. Most recently, she coached volleyball at San Dieguito High School Academy in Encinitas and worked at a Trader Joe’s in La Jolla.
According to an MSNBC Jan. 5 article, San Diego Sheriff’s Capt. Duncan Fraser is looking at a potential relationship between Reeves and Reis.
“At this point we do not have a motive for these shootings,” Fraser said to MSNBC on Jan. 5. “There were no eyewitnesses.”
According to an online obituary provided by the Reis family, Karen had planned to become an occupational therapist.
Executive Director of UCSD Alumni Affairs Armin Afsahi released a statement last week expressing sympathy over Reis’ death.
“Upon hearing of the tragic events that occurred in Coronado over the weekend, we are very saddened by the loss of a member of our UC San Diego alumni family,” Afsahi wrote.
A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday, Jan. 4, at San Dieguito High School Academy in memory of its late volleyball coach. Another memorial for Karen Reis is planned for this week on campus.
Funeral services for Reis and her brother were held Saturday, Jan. 7, in Bakersfield.