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SDSU Student Found Dead In Fraternity House


San Diego police are investigating the death of a male SDSU student who was found unresponsive at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Friday at the Phi Kappa Theta house, according to SDSU Police Chief John Browning.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office identified the deceased as 20-year-old Barzeen Barzanji, a junior at SDSU.

Browning said Barzanji was not a member of the fraternity.


Barzanji lived in an apartment in Santee, according to the medical examiner.

San Diego police spokesman Jim Johnson said his department's homicide division had not been called in on the case, which would have occurred if the fatality had appeared suspicious. An autopsy was tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 21.

SDSU students who are in need of support can receive counseling through SDSU Counseling and Psychological Services, said Browning.

In a statement, SDSU President Elliot Hirshman said, "we are deeply saddened by the news of the death of one of our students this morning."

"Any loss of life in our community is tragic and I encourage each of you to support each other during this difficult time," the statement said.

Corrected: December 2, 2023 at 11:25 AM PST
City News Service contributed to the information in this report.
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