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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 Mom
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 12, 2010 at 2:02 pm

May these young adults rest in peace. To their families, our prayers.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Dec 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Do schools have programs that familiarize the kids with the ups and downs of relationships to help them keep things in perspective?


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Posted by mom
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 12, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Hey Mike....are you joking? Amazing how you would suggest the schools should teach and be responsible for "familiarizing our kids with the the ups and downs of relationships." That's OUR job as parents. Amazing how many parents don't want to parent and expect our schools to teach values, morals, ethics. IF your looking for a program look no further than your two lips.


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Posted by JR
a resident of Danville
on Dec 12, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Totally agree with "mom" above...it is our job as a parent to give our children tools of life...starting at age zero. I overheard a mother signing up her daughter for kindergarten.."I can hardly wait until she gets in school to learn manners". How very, very sad for both families and friends of these young people.


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Posted by Kristine
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 12, 2010 at 6:45 pm

And here we go with people making this article about blaming! Stop it...There are two families here involved in something that is too painful comprehend and the fault is no ones. You can't place blame anywhere. Period. A young man obviously in emotional turmoil took the life of an innocent victim and and there is no blame here but one. A SOCIETY that allows guns to easily. O.k. Guns, GOOD FOR NOTHING. Period.


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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Odd, that the person complaining about blame is the only one putting blame.

So sorry to all those involved...a tragic situation that we all hope we can avoid, either as parents, relatives or friends. No one wants to see these kinds of things happen anyone.

My deepest sympathy to those involved and to anyone who has lost a loved one.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 12, 2010 at 7:59 pm

May they rest in peace.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm

My heart goes out to these two families. May they somehow find comfort. May I also add that the David family has shown remarkable class, compassion and intelligence for saying that they do not blame this young man or his family. (according to one interview I read)


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Posted by Name
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 13, 2010 at 4:06 am

My support goes out to both families. May both of my friends rest in peace.


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Posted by Ptown Resident
a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Dec 13, 2010 at 7:52 am

We hope love and Gods healing hand will guide both these families to comfort.

May they be remembered by their loved ones and may they rest in peace in the Lords kingdom.


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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 13, 2010 at 8:32 am

My heartfelt prayers go out to both families. May they lean on God to help them in the difficult times ahead.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2010 at 8:46 am

Very, very sad to read this; as a parent, we always struggle to help our teens/young adults to keep things in perspective and provide support in times of stress, but it doesn't always help them fully. Healing thoughts to the families.

(Jeb: question, though, on the headline:
"Police say ex-boy gunned down 22-year-old Michel David outside her apartment" -- was this a transgender situation?)


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Posted by parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2010 at 8:51 am

This is a good reason to not "get serious" as a minor. Statistically, the ODDS are youthful romance will very likely end in a "breakup". AND, the 'breakup' for males, frequently end in the 'if I can't have her, nobody can"....for all ages. History keeps repeating this scenario.
Girls don't ever think you are so special that you will fix him, or he wouldn't treat you criminally.... Guys, of course girls can make your life hell, with serious stalking and harrassing. Message to all, move INTO relationships with CAUTION....and critical thinking.....that's part of being a rational adult. It can prevent divorce too.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 13, 2010 at 9:37 am

Sam: This was not a transgender situation. Michel was the female victim.


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Posted by concerned parent
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 13, 2010 at 9:44 am

I know Danield's parents were great people and involved with their kids in sports, church and in life. I am just trying to make a bit of sense out of this. Did anyone on this thread know Dan Shoemake to be a violent type? I heard he was in the Army, is this a post traumatic stress situation? Was he being treated for depression? Could anyone have guessed he was capable of this type of anger or violence?


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2010 at 9:46 am

Thank you for clarifying that, Resident. Perhaps Jeb will fix his headline, then.


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Posted by Friend
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

This should not be a place to debate their relationship or place blame on anyone including guns, parents, or the army.

All we can do is offer our sincere condolences to these families as they suffer the loss of a child, especially right before the holidays. May they both rest in peace.


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Dec 13, 2010 at 11:16 am

Well said "Friend"... no matter what two young people are dead.. and two families are forever changed. My thoughts and prayers to all.

one last note.. to all that are talking about What the parents and schools could have, should have, would have done.. remember these were ADULTS.. they were 21 years old, no matter what, this has nothing to do with the parents this situation involved ADULTS!


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Posted by old friend
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Dec 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm

does anyone know info on the funerals


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Posted by reasonable
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm

My sympathy and prayers go out to both families, facing an incomprehensible tragedy and loss.

"parent" is right, these situations are as old as time itself and we must teach all our young people to enter --and just as importantly, exit -- relationships with caution and respect.

And please, no blame. Even if Daniel's parents and friends realized he was distraught and delusional, he was an adult, and unless he agreed to seek help, no one could have intervened.


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Posted by Friend
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Sam: Jeb doesn't need to fix the headline because Michel is the girl's name- Like Michelle without the "le" at the end. David is her last name.

Sending prayers of love and peace to both families and friends of the young adults involved... terrible tragedy. I am a member of the parish they attend and we are all praying for the families involved.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Friend, all -- I honestly meant no disrespect by asking Jeb to fix the earlier typo/mistake in the article's secondary headline -- it read "ex-boy gunned..." and not "ex-boyfriend gunned...". Jeb or someone in the editorial staff has since fixed it. I wasn't speaking of the spelling of Michel's name.

Again, my sincere condolences to the families and friends in this terrible tragedy.


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Posted by Anne
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm

This is such a tragic situation! My heartfelt sympathy to both families and to the siblings who are still students in PUSD. I sincerely hope that this community can embrace both families and send comfort and support without any judgments. Often mental health issues do not rear its ugly head until late teens-early twenties. May they both rest in peace.


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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm

<<<< Posted by old friend, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, 2 hours ago
does anyone know info on the funerals? >>>>

Michel's family made this announcement on her memory facebook page:

Saturday, 12/18 at 12:30pm

Funeral
St Elisabeth Seton
4001 Stoneridge Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94588-9697

Reception
St Augustine's
3999 Bernal Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566-7264


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Dec 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm

"Posted by mom, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, 23 hours ago

Hey Mike....are you joking? Amazing how you would suggest the schools should teach and be responsible for "familiarizing our kids with the the ups and downs of relationships." That's OUR job as parents. Amazing how many parents don't want to parent and expect our schools to teach values, morals, ethics. IF your looking for a program look no further than your two lips."

Slow down there, Mom. It was just a question, and a simple yes or no would have answered it to my satisfaction.


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Posted by Katie
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Dec 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm

How tragic. My love and support goes out to the families in this difficult time. You will be in my prayers.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Danbury Park
on Dec 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Rest in peace. May our hearts be with their family and friends.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Danbury Park
on Dec 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Rest in peace. May our hearts be with their family and friends.


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Posted by Kottinger Neighbor
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Dec 13, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I have known Dan Shoemake and his family for over 10 years. They have lived down the street from us until just recently. The family seemed to be happy and did many things together. The mother and father were totally devoted to their children.

There is a younger brother down in San Diego also. He just graduated in 2009 from a Pleasanton high school. Poor kid to see your big brother suddenly gone and also the girlfriend.

When I heard the news I could not stop crying. Poor Michel was robbed of her life. Poor Dan was obviously too sad to see a brighter future.

There is nothing worse than losing a child, nothing. The tragedy is enormous for both families. My heart is especially broken for the Shoemake family who will have to live with the knowledge that Dan killed Michel. I don't conceive of how they could ever heal.


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Posted by neighbor with hope
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 13, 2010 at 8:27 pm

dear Kottinger Neighbor,
There is nothing that God can't heal. This is a tragic event for the families and friends who know them, and for us as a Community as well. We need to encourage everyone who reads these Blog's... Love your kids... tell them about the ups and downs of relationships. Begin with a relationship with God if you don't know Him then seek Him. He is forever faithful, not condeming, and Big enough to cover anything, Heal anything with His Grace. Hope is out there don't forget that. With love and prayers for healing.


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Posted by Robert
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 13, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Our hearts are out to the family and friends of the victims. This is so avoidable with some restraint and objective thinking. Such a tradegy with souch young lives. They had their whole lives ahead of them. Guns do not belong in our society.


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Posted by Edith
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2010 at 11:59 pm

If a murderer kills himself after murdering a defenseless person he gets a lot of sympathy.


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Posted by Guns
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

PEOPLE who use guns kill people. Stop blaming the "gun" for this tradegy. My heart goes out to the David family.


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Posted by To Edith
a resident of Amador Estates
on Dec 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Edith-No a murderer does not get sympathy because he kills himself. A young man, who has been part of a community, known and loved by friends, their parents, his teachers, his coaches and neighbors, who tragically ends his life and that of another child from the same community does. So do his parents, his siblings, her parents and her siblings. You get my sympathy that you do not see the bigger picture here.


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Posted by guest
a resident of another community
on Dec 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Edith is allowed to express her opinion and I'm sure she sees the bigger picture. This was a senseless act that will cause so much pain for so many.


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Posted by Annie
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Peace be with you.


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Posted by Monica
a resident of another community
on Dec 15, 2010 at 6:00 pm

So sad. I didn't even know them but my heart is heavy. My prayers go out to the families. Keep your faith in the Lord.


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