Born in Walnut Creek, Tricia Martin is survived by her mother Kathleen Martin, who is the front office coordinator at the Pleasanton Weekly. She was preceded in death by her father, Brian Martin.
Grief counselors have been on hand at Village High school since news of Tricia Martin's death was heard late Friday night.
She enjoyed trips to the beach and Disneyland, and cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii. She loved listening to music, creating art, watching scary movies and hanging with friends.
She also loved animals, including her three cats Sparklie, Herbie and Zephyr and her dog Kimmy. See Obituary, page 11.
The Newark Police Department found Ms. Martin and a 24-year-old adult believed to be James Shanelec of Livermore in a Newark motel room last Friday morning. Ms. Martin had been reported missing Monday, Sept. 10.
Both died of gunshot wounds, according to the Newark police who are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide or double suicide.
Donations may be made in her memory to SuicidePreventionLifeLine.org or Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR).