Nicholas Bailey

UC Berkeley police are investigating the death of a Sacramento State University student who was found unconscious in the 2500 block of Haste Street around 9 am July 2.

Nicholas Bailey, 21, died at Highland Hospital on July 4, two days after he had been discovered lying on the street under a balcony, suffering from head trauma and abrasions around his hands, according to news reports. He was removed from life support after his organs were donated.

Bailey was last seen around 1:30 am Friday at Blake’s on Telegraph, about a block away from the campus, according to UC police. Bailey left the bar to walk a female friend home.

When he was discovered later that morning, UC Berkeley police did not appear to consider that he had died under suspicious circumstances, Bailey family members told KTVU television. He was suffering from seizures and police at first thought Bailey had fallen from a balcony, according to family members. It was only after an autopsy revealed that he had died from blunt head trauma that police informed the family that an assault may have happened.

Bailey had graduated from Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, attended Holy Names University in Oakland for a year on a basketball scholarship, and was majoring in criminal justice at Sacramento State, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

If anyone has any information about Bailey or the incident, please call the University of California Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau: (510) 642-0472, 8am–5pm or (510) 642-6760 all other times.

Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...