Alumnus found dead at campus residence

A Pierce College alumnus who transferred to U.C. Santa Cruz as a junior was found dead at his on-campus residence on Feb. 14. Efrain Sanchez Jr., a 20-year-old psychology major, was found unconscious in the shower of a College 10 residence hall at 9:40 a.m. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.The cause of death is pending on toxicology reports, which can take around six weeks, according to Naomi Silva, a detective working for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office. Investigators did not consider the incident suspicious.Sanchez, a resident of Arleta, was a first-year student at the residence hall.Relatives or friends of Sanchez were unable to be contacted.Sanchez was taken to Angelino Mortuary in Van Nuys.An autopsy was scheduled for Feb. 15.


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