Services for UCI student killed on I-405 to be held Friday

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Article Date: 5/14/2009 | Resource: MLG

Services for UCI student killed on I-405 to be held Friday

“Raphael Nunez, 18, was killed May 7 while trying to cross the freeway on foot. Friends said he had been out drinking with friends that night.”

Memorial services for a UC Irvine student who was killed last week while walking on the I-405 freeway will be held Friday morning in Pomona, relatives said.

Friends said Raphael Nunez, an 18-year-old student at the university, had been drinking alcohol in a bus that was chartered by a UCI fraternity on May 7. Nunez and his friends traveled on the bus to a Costa Mesa nightclub, but some time during the night the computer science major was kicked out of the club. A driver on the 405 freeway later said he saw Nunez crossing the freeway from the center divider; he swerved, but was unable to avoid hitting Nunez.

Nunez died about an hour later in a nearby hospital.

Officials at UCI said two campus fraternities, one in which Nunez was a member and another that organized the Thursday night event, have been suspended from holding events until an investigation is completed. Nunez was a member of Sigma Pi, while Alpha Epsilon Pi chartered the bus he was riding in.

School officials said serving alcohol inside the bus would be a violation. Friends said Nunez and others were drinking juice mixed with vodka inside the bus.

Martin Nunez said memorial services for his younger brother will be held at St. Madeline Catholic Church, 931 E. Kingsley Avenue, Pomona, where he and his brother grew up. A reception will be held after the memorial at 1700 Holt Avenue in Pomona.

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Jeffrey Marquart