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Mary Dasaro
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Birth: Dec. 16, 1982
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Jan. 18, 2006
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Alum found murdered in home
A recent grad was found stabbed last week.
By: Kathleen Rembacki

Mary Kate Dasaro, '05, was killed last week.

Twenty-three-year-old Mary Kate Dasaro, a 2005 alumna of LMU's Liberal Arts program, was found stabbed to death Wednesday morning in her parents' Westchester home.

LMU faculty member George Dasaro, who holds the Paul Grosch Chair in the accounting department, owns the house on Cowan Avenue where Mary Dasaro was killed. George Dasaro has been an LMU faculty member since 1977.

According to an LAPD news release, at about 10 a.m. on Wednesday, "Pacific Area patrol officers responded to a call of a burglary suspect." Police said that the intruder was Dasaro's ex-boyfriend, 24-year-old Darren Nelson. According to the LAPD, officers arrived at the house four minutes after receiving the call, where they found Dasaro already dead.

About one hour later, officers responded to a car fire in Playa Del Rey where, according to the LAPD, Nelson had "attempted to kill himself by setting fire to his car." Nelson is still at County-USC Medical Center in critical condition.

Dasaro was a kindergarten teacher at Westwood Charter Elementary School and lived in Playa Del Rey. Dasaro worked at Westwood Charter for two and a half years, first as a teaching assistant and a student teacher before she was hired to teach kindergarten.

"She was a born teacher," said Judy Utvich, the principal at Westwood Charter Elementary. "It was so instinctive to her." Utvich added that the kids in Dasaro's class "loved her."

"She had a natural rapport with kids," Utvich said. "The parents loved her too, and the teachers loved working with her…She was a pretty amazing young lady."

In February, 2002, Dasaro filed for a temporary restraining order against Nelson. The order expired in February 2003. NBC4 reported that the couple had previously dated for five years.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dasaro family during this most difficult time," said Academic Vice President Ernest Rose in a statement to the LMU community. "Mary was an outstanding young woman who will be deeply missed by the LMU community as well as countless friends and family members."

Ther will be a memorial service for Dasaro today at 12:15 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel and a reception in the Sculpture Garden following the service.

Created by: John from California
Record added: Jan 24, 2006
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Mary Dasaro
Added by: John from California
Mary Dasaro
Added by: John from California
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