CALIFORNIA—A citywide search for the missing 19-year-old UC Berkley soccer player ended when officials confirmed he was found dead blocks away from where he was last seen.
In the early hours on Satuday, March 28, Eloi Vasquez attended a party at USC’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house located on the 600 block of West 28th Street. At some point during the party, Eloi reportedly told his friends that he wanted to go for a walk.
“Eloi left the party and did not return. Concerned friends tried to make contact with him the following morning but had no success,” according to an LAPD statement.
Following his disappearance, Eloi’s family offered a $100,000 reward for his safe return, posting flyers around campus and creating a Facebook page, titled, “Help Find Eloi Vasquez.”
On Monday, March 30 officials confirmed that at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Eloi ran across eastbound 10 Freeway, just east of Vermont Avenue. A car that was driving about 60 mph struck the soccer player who was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver remained at the scene and told authorities there was no way to avoid him.
The two-day delay in identifying Eloi’s body was reportedly due to issues retrieving his fingerprints and misspelling his name.
“We are saddened to hear of the passing of Eloi Vasquez. We were coordinating with his family today to do everything we could to aid in the search efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eloi’s family and friends,” Tau Kappa Epsilon released in a statement.