A woman found dead Monday morning at the scene of an apartment fire west of campus is believed to be a UCLA student. Los Angeles police said they are investigating her death as a potential homicide.
UCLA is not releasing the student’s name at this time pending positive identification.
“On behalf of the entire UCLA community, I extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends,” Chancellor Gene Block said. “UCLA is a close-knit community, and this tragic event affects us all. Our grief counselors will continue to meet with those who have been affected by this tragic loss and I encourage anyone who may wish to speak with a counselor to contact UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).”
An LAPD spokeswoman said firefighters found the deceased after responding to an apartment in the 10900 block of Roebling Avenue in the North Village area of Westwood.
UCLA is providing housing assistance to students displaced by the fire and making counseling available to all students affected by the tragedy. The fall quarter at UCLA began today.
The flames were reported about 7:05 a.m. and extinguished within 15 minutes, officials said. No additional details are available.
Los Angeles police investigating the death ask that anybody who noticed suspicious activity between 4:30 a.m. and 7:05 a.m. on Monday or those with other information contact the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division at (213) 486-6890. See police flyer.
Updated Sept. 22 at 12:30 p.m.