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  • Sam LaCara, principal of Schnell Elementary School, Placerville
    Sam LaCara, principal of Schnell Elementary School, Placerville
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  • Memorial service for Sam LaCara
    Meghann Hoard (cq) walks down Missouri Flat Road with her son Landon Hoard, 5, who carries a handful of daffodils to the memorial service for slain principal Sam LaCara at Green Valley Community Church in Placerville. Landon is a prep kindergarten student at Schnell School where the shooting took place last week.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Memorial service for Sam LaCara
    Greg Lewelling of Yuba City, behind, his sister Danelle Wiber, front left, and her husband, Craig Wiber, right, of Georgetown gather for a prayer outside the church following a memorial service for slain principal Sam LaCara at Green Valley Community Church in Placerville. Lewelling was a groomsmen at LaCara's wedding.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Memorial service for Sam LaCara
    Memorial services for slain principal LaCara at Green Valley Community Church in Placerville.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • People hug as they arrive for the memorial service for Principal Sam LaCara at the Green Valley Community Church in Placerville on Tuesday.
    Randy Pench
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    Ashley Sloan, kisses her son Wyatt Everett, 6, a first-grade student at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville as school reopened on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. Wyatt was taking flowers to his teacher to thank her for keeping them safe said his mother.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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    Landon Hoard, 5, carries flowers to school with his mother Meghann, as students returned to school at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville as school reopens on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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    Kamie Harris, left, takes her children Samuel Harris, 6, center and Vance Harris, 10, right, to Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville as school reopens on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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    Kamie Harris, left, takes her children Samuel Harris, 6, right, and Vance Harris, 10, center, to Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville as school reopens on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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    Sean McGeever, of Placerville, places candles at a shrine in front of Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville with daughters Kyra, 6, left, and Danika, 9, right, as school reopens on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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    A photo is displayed at a shrine for Louisiana Schnell Elementary School principal Sam LaCara in Placerville on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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    Mike Price, right, speaks fondly of his brother-in-law murdered Placerville Principal Sam LaCara at the LDS Church in Carmichael Friday February 4, 2011. Standing behind are LaCara's brother in law Guy Clark, middle, and Mike's brother Jeff Price. Watch a video statement by the family.
    Andy Alfaro | aalfaro@sacbee.com
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    Janitor, John Luebbers, of Louisiana Schnell School in Placerville was arraigned in El Dorado County Superior Court on a charge of murdering the principal who was his close friend and golfing partner on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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    Janitor, John Luebbers, of Louisiana Schnell School in Placerville was arraigned in El Dorado County Superior Court on a charge of murdering the principal who was his close friend and golfing partner on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Nancy Lynch, superindent, Placerville Union School District answers questions about about Principal Sam LaCara during a press outside the district office in Placerville. At right is Vicki Barber, superintendent, El Dorado County Office of Education. Lynch admitted that John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school had not been fired but had ben sent home to "cool off." The principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death yesterday in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Thursday, February 3, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Nancy Lynch, superintendent, Placerville Union School District gets emotional when she talks about Principal Sam LaCara during a press outside the district office in Placerville. In the background, wiping away a tear is Vicki Barber, superintendent, El Dorado County Office of Education.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Kenacie Hansen, 11, writes a message on a memorial set up at the Louisiana Schnell Elementary school in Placerville on Thursday morning.
    RANDY PENCH | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Shandry Ryll places a candle at a memorial which she started last night at the school where her 10-year-old daughter Madison Quadra attends class.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    A memorial poster is attached to the fence outside the Louisiana Schnell Elementary school in Placerville in honor of principal Sam LaCara who was shot to death Wednesday at the school.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Katherine Hansen hugs her daughter Kenacie Hansen, 11, near a memorial set up at the Schnell Elementary school. Kenacie attends Schnell school with her two sisters.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Officers control the flow of vehicles arriving to pick up their children at the fairgrounds. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Officials gather at Louisiana Schnell School where the principal was shot by the school custodian. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
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    Parents Connie and Don Rood stand at the intersection of Hwy. 50 and Schnell School Road in Placerville waiting for information about the shooting at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School. The Roods have two children who attend the school, one in kindergarten and one in fourth grade.
    RANDY PENCH | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    A CHP cruiser returns from a search in the woods for the shooting suspect. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Schnell Elementary School shooting suspect, janitor John Harold Luebbers.
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  • A California Highway Patrol car drives along Schnell School Road near the intersection of Hwy. 50 in Placerville during the search for a shooting suspect near Louisiana Schnell School on Wednesday.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Parents wait for a glimpse of their children who are bused from their school to the fairgrounds. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • A California Highway Patrol car drives along a path near the intersection of Hwy. 50 and Schnell School Road in Placerville during the search for a shooting suspect near Louisiana Schnell School on Wednesday.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    A bus waits to transport students from Lousiana Schnell School to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    At the bottomCHP officer Dan Stark tries to calm a crowd of parents who are upset over the changing pick up spot for their kids. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Jc James, glasses, hugs a very emotional Kristine Corn as they wait at a roadblock on Schnell School Road a half-mile below the school where their children attend school. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Fernando Leyva, hugs his children, Alejandra, 9, in white, Carla, 5, left, and Andres, 7, after they arrived by bus from their school. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Jessica Langford waits for her two sons to arrive by bus at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    A mother carries her son to their car at the fairgrounds. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    A mother greets her son at the fairgrounds. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Children are escorted to a building at the fairgrounds before the are reunited with their parents. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Students leave a school bus at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds where their parents wait to reunite with them following the shooting at their school. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Family and friends gather at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds where buses bring their children after the principal was shot at their school. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Ron Andersen hugs his son Mick, Andersen, 11, a sixth-grader at Louisiana Schnell School after they were reunited at the fairgrounds. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Placerville principal shot to death at Schnell School
    Carla Leyva, 5, is escorted to her father at the fairgrounds. Sam LaCara, the principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, was shot to death today in his office on campus. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a single gunshot wound, the police chief said. The suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school. Luebbers was taken into custody at his home by El Dorado County sheriff's deputies. The police chief said he did not believe Luebbers had a previous criminal record. Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • From left to right, Tianna Tibbetts, age 12, Biska Tibbetts, mother, and Teegan Tibbets, age 10 attend a memorial for the Placerville Louisiana Schnell Elementary School shooting February 2, 2011.
    Hector Amezcua
  • Tristan Fox, age 4, from Placerville attends a memorial for the Placerville Louisiana Schnell Elementary School shooting February 2, 2011.
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  • Visitors pay tribute to the victim of the Placerville Louisiana Schnell Elementary School shooting February 2, 2011
    Hector Amezcua
  • Nick Andersen, 11, a student at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School prays at a vigil held in honor of the school principal, Sam LaCara, who was shot to death today in his office. February 2, 2011
    Hector Amezcua
  • CANDLELIGHT
    Katheryn Louks, center holds candles at a candlelight vigil for slain Louisiana Schnell Elementary School principal Sam LaCara in the driveway to the Placerville school on Wednesday. Louks said that the principal was her son 23-year-old son Michael's basketball coach and was instrumental in helping him get over a girlfriend's death.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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