CLAREMONT, CA — A tearful memorial — and celebration of life — to remember an enforcer of the law, Mark Manlapaz.
The 36-year-old Philippine-born Manlapaz was the public safety specialist at Cal Poly Pomona, and a park ranger at Claremont Wilderness Park.
A week after his tragic stabbing death, hundreds paid tribute with a vigil.
“All I can say about my son. He is a good son. He is a wonderful child that I will miss dearly,” said his mother, Carmelina Curtis.
“Mark was a genuinely kind and thoughtful person, he deeply cared for the work that he did,” said Tara Schultz.
On the afternoon of June 29th, Manlapaz was stabbed to death in his truck on the Cal Poly Pomona campus.
The assailant was eventually shot to death by police officers at another area of campus.
A knife was recovered on the scene.
The motives remain unclear. Investigators are trying to determine if the suspect, described only as a black adult male, personally knew Manlapaz.
The community has since been trying to make sense of the violent act done on a beloved member.
“He’s a good guy. He’s a joker. If you want someone to talk to he’s always there. I’m so shocked that anybody can do this to anyone,” said Raymond Santos.
The Manila-born Manlapaz migrated to the US when he was 13-years old.
Manlapaz double majored at Cal Poly, and has worked on the campus since 2006. The school newspaper reported that he would quietly help relatives in manila financially to send them to school.
The City of Claremont and Cal Poly Pomona have set up a go fund me page to support the Manlapaz family.
As Mark’s memory lives on with friends, family members and coworkers, a church service for the beloved community member will take place Victorville next week.