Kimberly Tze, a 21-year-old University of California-Berkeley honors student has died after falling off of a balcony.
Authorities say that Tze fell from a fourth-floor balcony just after 12:00 A.M. on Monday, April 17, on the 2700 block of Dwight Way, across the street from student housing. She was taken to a county hospital where she was later pronounced dead from severe head trauma.
Detectives are currently investigating the circumstances of Tze’s death, including a toxicology test and an autopsy.
According to her LinkedIn, Tze, of Elk Grove, California, was a junior honors student majoring in computer science and a former software engineering intern at Originate.
Via LA Times:
In a statement issued Monday, UC Berkeley said the campus community was “deeply saddened by the tragic death.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kimberly’s family and friends during this difficult time,” the university said.
In June 2015, six people were killed and seven others were injured when a fifth-floor balcony at the Library Gardens apartments near UC Berkeley buckled and fell 40 feet to the concrete below. Among the six killed were five college students from Ireland.
Furthermore, according to the Berkeley Side, Tze was a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, an international honor society for the computer sciences, and a member of UC Berkeley’s Gamma Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega.
UC Berkley has said that counseling services were available for students, staff, and faculty and that they also planned to reach out to Tze’s family to offer their continued support.