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School mourns loss of murdered professor

Authorities are investigating the murder of Pasadena art professor, Norman Schureman. He was killed Saturday in a quiet Westlake Village neighborhood.

March 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A memorial was held Monday in honor of Pasadena art professor, Norman Schureman, who was fatally shot Saturday. One faculty member said it best, saying that the school has suffered a devastating loss."Everybody loved Norm," said one of Schureman's former students.

The 55-year-old professor taught product design and illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He followed in his father's footsteps and taught at the school for more than 20 years.

"He really pushed you. He pushed you really hard. He was sometimes really tough, but in the end, you have him early in your career, so he becomes part of your earliest memories," said Schureman's former student Erwin Pizarro.

"He was so friendly. He's very easy to get along with and very easy to talk to. He was a great guy all around, it's such a loss," said another former student Linda Chung.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, Schureman and his wife were guests at a Persian New Year's celebration in a Westlake Village neighborhood Saturday. Another guest, who was a neighbor, was asked to leave, according to the sheriff's department, because he was drunk.

That neighbor, 46-year-old Steven Honma, took his wife home and returned, brandishing a knife. He was asked to leave again, but he didn't. A struggle ensued, and according to the authorities, Honma pulled out one of two guns he had on him, fired one shot hitting Schureman in the torso. That single shot killed him.

According to police, Honma is in custody, but he has been hospitalized due to injuries from the scuffle at the Saturday party.

"How can this happen? It's just shocking. It's guns and alcohol is what it kind of goes down to, I think. They just don't mix," said neighbor Berdine Lakotas.

At his Altadena home, Schureman's brother said his family weren't ready to talk about what had happened Saturday night.

In a statement to the campus community, school president Dr. Lauren Buckman said, "Norman was a beloved instructor, colleague, mentor and friend for hundreds of art center students, faculty staff and alumni. For over 20 years, Norm devoted himself tirelessly to the college, instilling in the students a passion for design, a love for drawing and an eye for excellence."

The school is planning on organizing a scholarship in Schureman's memory.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Division at (323) 890-5500.


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