Murder-suicide at San Jose State University

Two of the three people who died in a suspected murder-suicide at San Jose State University were married, officials said Thursday.

The three people who died were Macory Tarlit Caliguiran, 25, an SJSU student; Thomas Kyle Williams, 25, an SJSU student; and Napoleon Lavarias Caliguiran, 54, a non-student.

The Caliguirans were married, university spokeswoman Pat Lopes Harris said. University police believe the husband shot his much-younger wife and her classmate before turning the gun on himself.

Both students were accounting majors who would have graduated this month.

At 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Napoleon Caliguiran fired multiple shots at the pair, who were sitting inside a parked car on the third floor of a parking garage on campus, police said. The gunman then shot himself and his body was found outside the car, officials said.

The 54-year-old had no known criminal record.

The slayings are believed to be the first shooting deaths in the 150-year history of the 30,000-student San Jose campus.

The garage was in full use on Wednesday as vehicles entered and exited. Passing students could be heard pointing up at the lot and murmuring about the shooting.

University police who first arrived at the shooting scene quickly determined the killings were not random, and therefore it was highly unlikely that other students were in danger.

But a lack of information on the violence from university and law enforcement officials made some students nervous on Wednesday.

"You just don't expect anything like this happening because we're on a college campus and it's supposed to be safe," sophomore Alex Johnson, 19, said as he stood near the six-story parking garage where the slayings occurred.

Hannah Myles, 22, a junior who lives across the street from the garage, said she heard about 10 shots Tuesday night but thought they were firecrackers because kids play a lot around campus.

Myles said she left and when she returned three hours later, a swarm of squad cars blocked off her street. Investigators didn't leave the area until 4 a.m., she said.

About a block away, student Marc Gagnon said the killings were the talk across campus Wednesday.

"It would be a relief to know what happened exactly," said Gagnon, 27, an exchange student from Montreal. The garage isn't far from the International House where Gagnon lives. He said he saw as many as 20 squad cars outside the structure in the hours after the shootings.

Students and faculty who had signed up for an emergency notification system implemented after a troubled student at Virginia Tech massacred 33 people in 2007 received messages about the shooting within a half-hour of officers' arrival, Harris said.

But some students said they didn't hear about the shootings in a timely manner. Harris said at no point did authorities feel that the campus was in danger.

"This is an unprecedented situation for San Jose State," Harris said. "The message we are trying to imply is this is a safe place and this is an isolated incident."

Sophomore Sergio Price, 20, said he was still in shock after hearing the unsettling news while preparing for next week's final exams. "What timing, huh?" he said.© 2004-2011 LSN, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Story posted 2011.05.12 at 11:55 AM PDT

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