San Jose State student's death ruled suicide

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Updated: 2/11 6:12 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A coroner has ruled that a San Jose State University student who was found dead in his dorm room took his own life.

University spokeswoman Pat Lopes Harris told the San Jose Mercury News on Tuesday that the death of 18-year-old Brenden Tiggs represents the first on-campus suicide at the school in at least a decade.

Campus police still are looking into the circumstances of the freshman's death, which was discovered Sunday.

Tiggs' father, Gary Tiggs, welcomed the investigation, telling the Mercury News that his son had excellent grades, a positive outlook and no reason to end his life.

Several hundred people attended a candlelight vigil in Tiggs' memory outside his dorm on Monday.

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