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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