By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

June 11, 2013

SANTA MONICA, Calif–With a memorial standing at the school entrance and library,
classes resumed at Santa Monica City college just days after gunman John Zawahri killed five people in the surrounding area. Thousands gathered at the school, joining the families of the victims in prayer.

FilAm Marcel Kahn, the library worker who helped shelter 8 other people as the gunman fired his way into the library, is still shaken up by the events.

“Honestly it just saddens me that this happened. This whole thing happened. Really unexpected,” he said.

News of the 22-year old Filipino’s heroism went viral online after the Los Angeles Times snapped a picture of him.

“I only did what I could do and that was to follow my instinct when that situation happens you don’t know what your going to do,” he recalled.

Six people including the gunman died in what’s been described as a 13-minute rampage, which started when Zawahri killed his father and brother and set their house on fire.

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