Coroner IDs Santa Clarita woman who died of gunshot wound

A Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station unit departs the Oak Tree Gun Club in the Newhall Pass after a woman was shot on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Austin Dave/The Signal

Medical examiners identified the woman who died last week of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a local hospital.  

Donna Elizabeth Murphy, 63, of Santa Clarita, was pronounced dead Friday afternoon at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.

Murphy, who was an adjunct faculty member of College of the Canyons’ math department, sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall.

“All of us at College of the Canyon our deeply saddened by this tragedy,” said Eric Harnish, spokesman for COC.

Mental Health and other resources for Santa Clarita Valley
College of the Canyons Student Health & Wellness Resource Website
Child & Family Center, Santa Clarita
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Behavioral Health Free and Confidential MH Screening Website:
Mental Health America
Mental Health: It’s Part of All Our Lives 1-800- 789-2647
National Child Traumatic Stress Network 
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
National Institute for Mental Health
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800- 273-TALK
SAMHSA Site for Coping with Disaster and Traumatic Events:
Santa Clarita City Mental Health Resource Page
SCV Youth Project (661) 257.YOUTH (9688)
Stop Bullying
SRD~Straightening Reins – equine therapy 661-803-1641

ACCESS (DMH Mental Health Hotline) (800)-854- 7771
Asian Pacific Counseling & Treatment Center (818) 267-1100
Child & Family Center, Santa Clarita (Children, Youth and Adults) (661) 259-9439
Child and Family Guidance Center – Northridge (818) 993-9311
College of the Canyons Student Health & Wellness Center (661)-362- 3259

The Center currently helps over 750 children and their families each week. For more information, contact the Center at 661-259-9439 or visit

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