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No foul play found in San Diego State student's frat house death

April 20, 2012 |  6:31 pm

The preliminary investigation in the case of a San Diego State student found dead at a fraternity house Friday morning "does not indicate foul play," university officials announced Friday night.

Barzeen Barzanji, 20, was "found lying unresponsive in bed," according to the San Diego County medical examiner. No cause of death was announced; an autopsy is pending Saturday.

Barzanji, a criminal justice major, was not a member of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, at whose house his body was found. He was found in bed about 8:30 a.m., and residents of the house called authorities.

The death is being investigated by San Diego State police.

"Any loss of life in our community is tragic and I encourage each of you to support each other during this difficult time," San Diego State President Elliot Hirshman said in a statement to students, faculty and staff.

Counseling is offered by campus counseling and psychological services "to support anyone who needs assistance," Hirshman said.

On his Facebook page, Barzanji indicates that he graduated from high school in Santee in 2009, worked as a server at a local restaurant and was a junior at San Diego State. He said he knew English, Kurdish and "Spanglish."

Barzanji was president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, according to the San Diego State Greek Life website.


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