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Cal Poly Student from Orinda Died on Campus Sunday Morning

Officials have ruled out foul play.

University police at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo are still investigating the death of a 20-year-old sophomore from Orinda who was found dead outside a residence hall early Sunday morning. 

While police have ruled out foul play in Brandon Huang's death, alcohol poisoning is still a possibility, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune. 

Huang majored in biology. The Facebook page of a student at Cal Poly with the same name lists him as a 2011 grad of Miramonte High School. 

Here is the email Cal Poly's Dean of Students sent to the campus community Sunday:      

"Sadly, one of our students, second year biology major Brandon Huang, passed away early Sunday morning while returning to his residence hall from off campus.  University Police received a call at approximately midnight for medical aid at Poly Canyon Village.  Upon arriving at the scene, university police personnel transported Brandon to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, but unfortunately, Brandon did not survive.  Police have found no evidence of foul play.  We will share details of any memorial services once Brandon’s family has had time to make those decisions. Updates will be posted on the Dean of Students website at http://www.deanofstudents.calpoly.edu

This is a sad day for the entire community. If you are in need of individual support please call the Cal Poly Counseling Center at (805) 756-2511 to speak with a counselor 24 hours a day. The center is also open for individual appointments from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.  

In this time of sorrow and loss, it is appropriate to recall what The Mustang Way asks of us – to embrace one another because “we are one community.”  We care about each member of our Cal Poly community, and our thoughts are with Brandon’s family and loved ones.  If there are other ways we can support you, please be sure to let us know." 

Susan February 13, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Out of respect for Brandon's family, I wish the news media (and others) would keep their "opinions" to themselves as it pertains to what caused his death. Here is a "fact" I would like to state: Brandon was a sweet, intelligent, wonderful friend to many & he will be missed greatly.
lovelafayette February 13, 2013 at 05:25 PM
I agree with Susan. This is NOT journalism! Unless the cause of death is known AND ONLY IF there is a benefit to the public (ie. alert about a murder) then all we should be told is what the family wants known. Why compound the suffering by fomenting gossip, which is really all this is. Patch editors need to rethink this useless and hurtful approach..
Orinda Rick February 14, 2013 at 04:40 PM
I totally agree with Susan and lovelafayette. What should be the focus is how Brandon managed to have such a positive influence on the people who knew him, not on speculation and sensationalism. May our thoughts and prayers help comfort his family at this time of a tragic loss. Brandon will surely be missed!
Orinda Rick February 14, 2013 at 04:42 PM
A follow-up to my post. All of Brandon's friends have changed their facebook page to include a picture of Brandon as a tribute to his life.
Annette March 01, 2013 at 12:06 AM
I agree with Susan! Brandon was a sweet kid! Back off media!!!

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