SAC Professor Kesha Hondo found dead

A speech communications professor was found dead inside her home in Riverside County Wednesday morning in a suspected murder-suicide, Riverside police said.

Police found Kesha Hondo, 39, and her husband Andamo, 51 in the second floor of their La Sierra home after responding to a call at 6:30 a.m from a person who discovered the bodies. While police have not determined Kesha’s cause of death, she was not shot, Sgt. Darwin Hudson said. Andamo died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Kesha and Andamo have been married for about 10 years, and have two daughters. The children were not in the house when their parents died, and are now in the custody of relatives.

The Hondos moved in to the upscale two-story home in July two years ago.

“SAC is such a special place and Kesha was one of those very bright lights who added to all that was positive around her,” wrote Catherine Shaffer, CARE coordinator and counselor in a district-wide email.

Hondo previously taught at Goldenwest College, Orange Coast College, Long Beach City College and Cal State University Long Beach before being hired full-time as an assistant professor at Santa Ana College in 2005.  She teaches public, small group and interpersonal communications, and her students often describe her as a bubbly woman with an engaging personality who personifies the concepts she teaches.

Hondo earned her bachelor’s degree in speech communication and master’s degree in communication studies from CSU Long Beach.

She is the daughter of former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Isaac Curtis, who was born in Santa Ana. Her grandparents moved to Santa Ana from New Orleans, La.

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Grief counselors from the college’s Health and Wellness Center is open to those trying to cope with the tragedy, said Sara Lundquist, vice president of student services. Its office is located in Johnson Center, room U-120, and can be reached by telephone at (714) 564-6216.

In an el Don profile published two years ago, Hondo described herself as “terribly shy” growing up.

“If they’d had Paxil back then my mother would’ve had me on it. People made me that nervous,” she said. But that changed after a speech class at Long Beach State opened her up to people, and eventually, to a career in teaching.

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