Friends flocked to Facebook this week to share photos and memories and mourn the loss of a 20-year-old UC Davis student who was found dead Sunday in a fraternity house in Berkeley.
Vaibhev Loomba was a math major from Antioch who began attending UC Davis in October. He was outgoing, fun-loving and warm, friends recalled. In his honor, several took to social media using the hashtag #LiveLikeBhev.
“I don’t want to think this is real, and it is so unfair that it is,” wrote Anna Luo of Loomba’s death. “Shock is the only word I can think of, but even that doesn’t seem to embody how I feel. I’m so very sad and heartbroken, as I know we all are.”
“I hope we all can learn to live our lives in such a way that you did, making the best out of every situation and putting a smile on everyone’s face,” added Aidan Maguire. “ I can’t believe (whoever is up there) has taken you from us so early, too early, but that you keep having a great time wherever you may be. Love you my brother.”
Loomba was found unresponsive in the Zeta Psi fraternity house after a party there drew hundreds, according to media reports. Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said police are calling the death “suspicious,” but said there is no evidence of foul play.
“Until the investigation is complete, Zeta Psi will not comment on the details of this incident,” according to a statement on the fraternity’s website. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this young man.”
An autopsy was performed Monday and toxicology tests were ordered to determine whether Loomba had drugs or alcohol in his system. The test results won’t be available for at least four weeks.
Loomba attended Acalanes High School and Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, in Contra Costa County, before enrolling at UC Davis.
According to Loomba’s friends, a service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Walnut Creek.
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