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San Diego State woman’s death under investigation

My condolences to the family. Link

SAN DIEGO — Hundreds of mourners gathered Monday night to grieve for a teen who was found dead in her apartment over the weekend. Police are investigating the death of Shirley Jennifer Poliakoff, a San Diego State University student who was found dead over the weekend. Shirley Jennifer Poliakoff, known as Jenny, was found dead Sunday morning in her bedroom. Detectives said her brother discovered her body in her off-campus apartment in the 5500 block of Montezuma Road. A memorial service for Poliakoff was held Monday in Poway. Campus police said Poliakoff, 19, came home late Saturday night with friends after attending several social events. Residents in the area said they are shocked by Poliakoff’s death. “It’s surprising that you could be so young,” SDSU student Cayla Awalt said. “I feel bad for her brother, who walked in on her. That’s horrible.” Medical examiner’s Investigators said the cause of death has not been determined, but alcohol may have been a factor. Foul play is not suspected, police said. Poliakoff’s parents live in Poway. They said they will never have the perfect answer to the question of how she died. But they said they had the perfect daughter and hope her death will be a reminder to hold your loved ones close.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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