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Cal Poly mourns a student's death

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Friends and fellow students are mourning the passing of a 20-year-old Cal Poly student, who died in the early morning hours of Feb. 10. As of press time, no cause of death had been released.

Second-year biology student Brandon Huang died outside his on-campus apartment in the Poly Canyon Village, after returning from a party off campus, according to a statement by the university. Cal Poly Police received a call late Saturday night reporting someone was in need of medical aid. Officers found Huang unconscious and transported him to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to the release. No foul play is suspected.

Vice President of Student Affairs Keith Humphrey said that in addition to the candlelight vigil, the University has invited students to schedule counseling appointments to receive support.

“It’s always very sad when we lose a student,” Humphrey said. “It’s counter to why we do our work.”

On Feb. 13, support and well wishes to Huang’s family were pouring into his Facebook page, though New Times efforts to seek comment from his friends were unsuccessful.

Neither Humphrey nor the police will confirm if alcohol was involved, and an autopsy is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 14, according to the statement.

As of press time, a candlelight vigil was scheduled the night of Feb. 13 outside the University Union.

-- Melody DeMeritt - former city council member, Morro Bay

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