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Student found dead at San Diego State frat house identified

April 20, 2012 |  4:33 pm


The student found dead Friday morning at a San Diego State fraternity house was a 20-year-old Iranian who lived in Santee, the San Diego County medical examiner announced.

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

Barzanji was not a member of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, at whose house his body was found, officials said. 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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Photo: The Phi Kappa Theta fraternity house where a student was found dead. Credit: Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images