The Santa Cruz County coroner’s office on Tuesday identified 21-year-old Benjamin Quaye as the University of California, Santa Cruz student found dead over the weekend.Quaye’s body was found in a shallow ditch near railroad tracks at Almar Avenue Sunday morning by a female jogger, police said.He had suffered a severe head injury in an apparently alcohol-related incident, police said.Autopsy results indicated his death was accidental, according to the coroner’s office.Jim Burns, a UCSC spokesman issued a statement Tuesday on Quaye’s death. “Anytime a young person dies, it is an especially sorrowful occasion,” Burns said. “Through phone conversations, we have expressed our most heartfelt condolences to Benjamin’s family.”Quaye was originally from Irvine, but had been living off-campus in Santa Cruz. He was in his senior year at UCSC and was majoring in sociology and history.A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the family’s parish, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, located at 1879 N. Lake Ave., Altadena. A funeral mass will be observed at 10 a.m. Monday at the church. Students from UCSC’s Oakes College are planning a campus memorial.
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