Police: Missing college athlete died on Los Angeles freeway

LOS ANGELES, CA -- A University of California, Berkeley soccer player who disappeared after a weekend party was killed by a car as he ran across a Los Angeles freeway, police said Monday.

The 19-year-old freshman, Eloi Vasquez, died early Saturday on eastbound Interstate 10 about a mile from the University of Southern California after he was seen leaving a fraternity party.

A woman said a man ran in front of her and she was unable to avoid hitting him, said Officer Edgar Figueroa, a CHP spokesman. The man was struck just east of Vermont Avenue. The investigation is ongoing.

Vasquez was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not carrying identification, which set off a missing persons search until the coroner could identify him.

Vasquez, who was on spring break in Los Angeles, had left the party to take a walk with no money and no wallet, family and police said.

His mother, Wendy Margolin, said he later called a friend, telling her he was lost and in trouble.

The family had offered a $100,000 reward for information about his whereabouts.

"Eloi is a wonderful young man who has excelled both academically and athletically here at Cal," the university said in a statement before the death was confirmed.

Teammates are expressing their sorrow over the death of a UC Berkeley soccer player who went missing from a Southern California fraternity party over the weekend. On Monday, the Cal Athletics Department tweeted a message that said: "Today we lost a beloved member of the #CalFamily, Eloi Vasquez. We send thoughts & prayers to his family & friends."

The entire soccer community came together over the past couple of days during the search for the 19-year-old. And now, they are coming together in their grief with MLS teams, NCAA, and even the Pac-12 tweeting out their condolences.

"Eloi was a wonderful teammate," said UC Berkeley Soccer Coach Kevin Grimes. "He was very close to all of his players and our guys are grieving pretty hard right now."

KGO-TV in San Francisco contributed to this report.
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