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A Death in the Family

Death of UC Riverside Student is Tragic Loss

Mechanical Engineering major Alan Lin was found Sunday In Newport Beach

(February 14, 2011)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Alan Lin, a 22-year-old from Irvine who was studying mechanical engineering at UC Riverside, was found dead in Newport Beach on Sunday, Feb. 13, authorities are reporting.

“This is a tragedy and our hearts go out to his family,” said Jim Sandoval, vice chancellor for student affairs. We will be working with the family to provide anything we can for their comfort.” He also said that friends of Lin from campus can find support and counseling at The Well, a center for student wellness programs.

UC Riverside holds a memorial service each May for members of the community who have died, and Alan Lin will be among those named this year. Family services have not yet been announced.

Lin had been reported missing by his family last weekend after he did not come home from a social event. The family lives in Irvine.

He was a senior at UC Riverside. He had been taking classes since Fall of 2006. He was on track for graduation this Spring.

“His opportunities and his promise have been cut short, and that is a tragic loss to the world,” Sandoval said.

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