San Jose State on Alert Following Homicide on Campus

By Kris Sanchez
|  Monday, Sep 9, 2013  |  Updated 5:35 PM PDT
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San Jose State University students are on alert after a violent weekend in the city, including a homicide on campus. Kris Sanchez reports.

San Jose State University students are on alert after a violent weekend in the city, including a homicide on campus. Kris Sanchez reports.

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San Jose State University students are on alert after a violent weekend in the city, including a homicide on campus.

Police on Sunday afternoon found a man's body in a Jeep at the university's tennis courts. Police described the victim as a Hispanic man, about 40 years old.

The homicide follows other acts of violence on campus this summer -- an assault and a robbery.

"We can pretty much say that there's no connection to the university, no threat to our university community," said Sgt. John Laws, San Jose State University Police Department.

The victim was not a student and investigators do not believe his killer was a student, Laws said.

"I don't think it makes a difference whether it's a student or if it wasn't a student -- it still happened," said Danny McLane, a student on campus. "It's our environment and our community."

A student was killed in early August, not far from campus at South Second and East San Salvador.

In July, the university sent text alerts to students when a man was brutally beaten outside the science building on campus. In a separate incident on campus, a man was pistol-whipped by three young women who stole his laptop.

Students on Monday said they are alarmed by the violence, but add that the crime is part of life at an urban university.

San Jose's sprawling campus is located in the middle of downtown San Jose. The city also is on pace to surpass last year's homicide total.

"It doesn't matter where you're at," said Looloo Amante, a student on campus. "You have to know your surroundings, and you have to not believed oh, we're in a perfect city, there's always something that's going to happen."

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