City College student believed to have been killed on campus

Heric Rubio and Ernesto Lopez

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San Diego City College student Diane Gonzalez, 19, was found dead on campus in the M building men’s restroom around 10 p.m. on Oct. 12, college President Terrence Burgess confirmed.

San Diego City Police officials have have also confirmed that Gonzalez was indeed
slain.

Although, a motive has not been determined Burgess said it appears to be a domestic
violence situation that spilled onto the campus.

Gonzalez was first reported missing by her parents Tuesday after not returning from her night class. It is also believed that six weeks prior to her death Gonzalez had filed a restraining order on her partner and father of her 8-month-old child, but local media has reported it was not served.

A cause of death has not been determined, though school employees told XETV San Diego 6 News reporters police had asked them if anyone had found a knife anywhere on campus.

Richard Dittbenner, director of public information for the San Diego Community College District, said the student that reported the incident saw an individual wearing bloody clothes leaving the restroom where the body was found.

In a statement posted on the school’s website, Burgess said, “I, Chancellor and board of trustees extend (our) deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of (our) student.”

Burgess also said he wants students to keep in mind this was not a random attack and the
campus remains safe.

To report a crime on campus, call college police 24 hours a day, seven days a week at
(619) 388-6405.

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