SAN JOSE (BCN) – Damion Ruffin, a 20-year-old San Jose man, was the victim of a Saturday shooting at a student housing complex near San Jose State University, the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office said Thursday.

Around 11:40 a.m., San Jose police responded to a shooting reported at The Grad, located on 88 E. San Carlos St.

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A few hours after police arrived to the scene, Ruffin was reported dead, officers said. His cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, according to the county medical examiner’s office.

The 19-story high rise was closed for hours after the shooting.

On Monday, San Jose State University released a statement saying that Ruffin was not a student at the university and that they do not own the building. The university did note that the campus community was “saddened” by the Saturday shooting.

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Ruffin’s death marks the city’s 14th homicide of 2021, police said.

San Jose police did not release any additional information regarding the shooting.

Ruffin’s family in Mississippi is holding a service to honor his life on May 8. More information can be found at

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