San Jose Double Murder Victims Identified As Former SJSU Students

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Two people who were shot to death in San Jose over the weekend in a double homicide have been identified as Eric Kenzo Otokawa and Kristina Lynn Pandula, both former San Jose State University students.

Otokawa, 21, of San Jose, and Pandula, 20, of Sunnyvale, were found shot in the 800 block of South Third Street around 11 a.m. Saturday.

Otokawa was pronounced dead at the scene and Pandula was taken to a hospital for treatment but died of her injuries on Sunday night, police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said.

The motive for the shootings has not yet been determined and the suspect remains at large, according to police.

Dwyer said Monday morning the case does not appear to be a murder-suicide.

University spokeswoman Pat Lopes Harris Monday said that Pandula was a pre-nursing student who was last enrolled in classes over the summer. She was associated with the Delta Gamma sorority, Harris said.

Otokawa, who had not yet declared a major, was last enrolled in classes in the spring. He had listed his hometown as Atlanta, Ga., Harris said.

She said the school has been working with campus communities affected by the shooting, which occurred several blocks south of the campus.

“That area is not frequented by students, and there is every indication the campus is safe,” she said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Liz Checke or Detective Steve Bustillos at (408) 277-5283. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (408) 947-STOP (7867) or visit

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  • SJSU Spartan

    I am a San Jose State Student, and this school is not safe. Less than a mile away from campus, is an area still frequented by students on a regular basis. Budget cuts have affected the Police department regulating San Jose State, and made it a less safe community for students, children and families. I am afraid to walk to school, and go about my normal activities. Students are not getting alerted when these tragedy’s occur. There have been 36 homicides less than a mile away from campus. Last week a murder 1 block away from campus, that hasn’t even been addressed by the media, or school. The Issues of safety needs to be addressed and not belittled by the spokes people of the University.

    • Moock

      Your comment reminds of me of my first day of school in 1983 – I got in an elevator to go to my science class and a transient got in behind me and proceeded to try to expose himself, while making lewd comments. Luckily, he was so wasted he couldn’t manage his zipper, and I bolted out of there. Always be on your guard, students!

  • laura

    I live by the University and there have been sneakers hanging from the telephone line between my home and SJSU for months now – presumably to mark a local gang’s territory. I would never let my daughter’s attend SJSU because of the element of trash that lives and hangs out around the campus, including several facilities where registered sex offenders live (what a shame – all those beautiful homes are being thrashed instead of refurbished and either sold or rented to SJSU staff, employees, and students. Are you listening, Mr. Reed? CLEAN THIS CITY UP!!! If you want to cut budgets, take the paycheck from the city employee who painted 1/2 of the light pole in front of my house and left globs of paint of the concrete around it (does that constitute tagging?).

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