Alumnus found dead on UC campus

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 unavailable for comment at press time.

Sanchez was taken to Angelino Mortuary in Van Nuys.

An autopsy was performed on Feb. 15.


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