Neighbor: Calif. gunman's mother in mourning

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This undated photo provided by the family shows, from left, Carlos Navarro Franco, Marcela Franco, Ramona Franco and Letecia Franco. Marcela Franco died Sunday, June 9, 2013, after Friday's deadly rampage in Santa Monica, Calif. Marcela Franco had been a passenger in a Ford Explorer driven by her father, campus groundskeeper Carlos Navarro Franco who also was killed in Friday's attack. (AP Photo/Family Photo)
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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — An acquaintance says the mother of the gunman who killed five people in Santa Monica, Calif., is in mourning and is trying to make sense of what happened.

Neighbor Beverly Meadows says she spoke with Randa Abdou on Monday. Abdou cut short a family visit in Lebanon and spoke to investigators Sunday.

Meadows says Abdou will not be returning to her Los Angeles apartment anytime soon and has no plans to talk to news media.

Abdou's 23-year-old son John Zawahri, shot his father and brother, leaving their home in flames Friday before opening fire on strangers in cars, a bus and on the Santa Monica College campus.

Police say he was heavily armed and carrying 1,300 rounds of ammunition when officers killed him in the campus library.

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