San Diego student found dead on campus

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A young woman was found dead in a San Diego City College men’s restroom and reports show it may be an instance of domestic violence at it’s worst.

The 19-year-old woman was found shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, October 12, 2010. Initially police would not reveal the identity of the victim, but said that her parents had reported her missing when she did not return home after a Tuesday night class.

After the murders of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois last year, school officials tried to calm students and said they do not believe the killing was a random act.

In a statement from City College President Terrence Burgess, it was made clear that “this appears to be a case of domestic violence that spilled over to the campus. Either way, a killer is on the loose and students feel uneasy.

The death is tragic, no doubt. And ironically this likely domestic violence dispute occurred in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Perhaps this tragedy will shed light on the often silent killer of women (and often men) in our community.

Did you know domestic and sexual violence are pervasive and life-threatening crimes affecting millions of individuals across our nation regardless of age, economic status, race, religion or education?

  • Nearly 1 in 4 women are beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood
  • Each year approximately 2.3 million people are raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
  • Every day in the United States, an average of 3 women are killed by a current or former intimate partner.

Photo from Yumi Kimura via Wikimedia

San Diego resident for over 10 years, I now call this beautiful city home. Originally from the Bay Area, I'm a California girl at heart. I love the outdoors, fitness, food, and a good craft beer (from San Diego of course).


  1. Helen Dawson

    October 13, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I am a student at City College. Unfortunately, when I ended my realtionship with a man that I was dating he became even more violent. So, therefore, I had to get a restraining order in 2006. But having a restraining order against him wasn’t much of a deterrent because he harassed me quite often. Even though, he was arrested for violating the restraining order. However, I think sometimes a restraining order is enough to scare some people into obeying the order. But there are some individuals who get angry and act on that anger. Although, my restraining order has expired. Today I’m still being harassed by my ex-partner and his girlfriend. In fact, just last week there was a letter from her placed outside my car door. I immediately notified security at my apartment unit and the police. I think that this young woman did everything within the law to protect herself and I’m very upset that her life ended so tragically.

  2. Marina

    October 14, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Doesn’t San Diego city college have security?!?!?!? San Diego city college is a big campus and to think that there would be more security especially due to the area that it is in. Downtown San Diego is a beautiful place, but we do have a lot of issues surrounding the campus. There are a lot of homeless, drug addicts and drunks out at night so wouldn’t you think that the security would keep the restrooms as an interest when coming to securing the campus?!?!? I live by a park, in a pretty decent neighborhood and the police even check those bathrooms because it is known for drug addicts and homeless people to use drugs, prostitute, sleep and God only knows what else. BUMP UP THE SECURITY, IF YOUR GOING TO DO SOMETHING DO IT RIGHT! Crap happens I get it, but I think its strange that NOBODY saw or heard anything. Wheres your security?

  3. weston clark

    October 14, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    wow, ok in response to marina, i go there, and YES we have PLENTY of security. a campus police office at the main entrance and i can’t think of a time when i’ve gone to school and missed seeing an officer. preventing chaos is so much more difficult than exploiting it.

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