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Nov 19, 2018
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Campus mourns the loss of ‘vibrant’ scholar

Fresno State’s office of student affairs announced last week that third-year business administration student Ana Alcantar died. She was 21.

A candlelight vigil will be held to remember Alcantar on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. in the Free Speech Area on campus. Those who wish to attend are asked to bring a candle with a cup to catch the wax.

Alcantar, of Porterville, is the second Fresno State student to die this semester. On Jan. 3, Omar Nemeth, 19, died from an apparent drug overdose near campus.

Alcantar’s cause of death has not been made public. The Collegian reached out to the Fresno and Tulare county coroner’s offices but did not get a response.  

A GoFundMe page was shared hundreds of times last week by Alcantar’s friends and family.

“She was happiest while engaging in activities with family and friends, and volunteering in the community,” wrote Alcantar’s brother, Juan, on the GoFundMe page. “She impacted every person’s life that she came into contact with.”

A Collegian staffer tried reaching Juan but did not get a response.

The fundraising page had gathered more than $14,000 by Sunday night.

A post to the Fresno State Book Trade and Advice Facebook page by Maria Alvarez reported that Alcantar died Jan. 17. Alvarez had asked on Facebook for those who knew Alcantar to donate for funeral expenses to help Alcantar’s family “give her a special goodbye.”

Aside from being a full-time student, Alcantar’s brother reported his sister was involved at Fresno State in clubs and dance. Alcantar was the fall 2017 vice president of the Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA), according to the group.

In a Facebook post last Friday, the HBSA said Alcantar was one of its “most involved” members.

The post described her as a dancer who loved to surround herself with friends and family.

“She was very well-known and looked up to in the Fresno State community,” read a portion of the statement.

Last semester, Alcantar was recognized as a Fresno State Alumni Association scholarship recipient at the university’s Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala for earning the Mary Beekman and John Nichol Clark Memorial Grant.

In a statement to The Collegian, Craig School of Business Dean Dr. Bob Harper said that Alcantar’s death has greatly impacted the department.

“The faculty and staff of the Craig School of Business are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Ana Alcantar,” Harper said. “We offer heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.”

In a statement to The Collegian, Associated Students, Inc. President Blake Zante said he was  saddened after hearing the news of Alcantar’s death.

“While I didn’t know her personally, her friends describe her as a vibrant person with an infectious smile,” Zante said. “She was also a very involved student on campus. The entire campus community is affected by the loss of [Alcantar’s] life, and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones.”

Visitation: Myers Funeral services and Crematory chapel in Porterville from 3 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 

Mass: 11 a.m. on Feb. 1 at Holy Cross Church in Porterville 

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