Amador Valley High graduates dead in apparent murder-suicide in San Diego

Police say ex-boyfriend gunned down 22-year-old Michel David outside her apartment

Michel David, 22, and a man believed to be her ex-boyfriend, Daniel Shoemake, 21, who both grew up in Pleasanton, died Friday in an apparent murder-suicide in San Diego.

David graduated from Amador Valley High School in 2006, and Shoemake, who played football at the school, graduated in 2007. David was due to graduate this month from San Diego State University.

San Diego police said David was found dead from gunshot wounds shortly before 10 a.m. Friday, and officers found Shoemake dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound nearby. Officers had responded to a report of gunshots fired in the area of 55th Street and El Cajon Boulevard, located south of the San Diego State University campus.

A note was also found in Shoemake's home in San Diego, but police are not revealing its contents.

Police told reporters that they believe Shoemake waited outside David's apartment Friday morning and then approached her with an assault rifle when she left to walk her dog. He then allegedly shot David several times, got into his truck and shot himself with a pistol, San Diego Police Lt. Kevin Rooney said.

Medics took David to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Friends of David's told NBC San Diego she had been dating Shoemake for three years and that the couple had recently broken up.

David's Facebook profile says she also worked as a waitress at a Chula Vista Cheesecake Factory restaurant near San Diego. In Shoemake's profile, he identified himself as an SDSU student, class of 2011. He was also in the school's R.O.T.C. program.

The deaths are being investigated by SDPD's Homicide Division.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News, contributed to this story.


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Posted by Harvey McGooch
a resident of Charlotte Wood Middle School
on Dec 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm

This is a very tragic incident. This young lady appears to have been very attractive, and likely would have continued to be for some time. My heart goes out to the family and friends.

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Posted by Really?
a resident of another community
on Dec 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm

You comment on how attractive she was and would be, shallow much? Her true beauty was her personality and her ability to relate to everyone she met.

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Posted by danville mom
a resident of Danville
on Dec 14, 2010 at 8:29 am

I found Harvey's comment strange as well. Yes, she was beautiful, but that has nothing to do with the sadness of the situation. Any person being murdered by an ex-boyfriend, regardless of their looks, would be a great loss.
Very sad and tragic story, for both families involved. My prayers go out to them.

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