Police: Missing college athlete died on Los Angeles freeway

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Missing California Student Struck by Car, Found Dead

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A University of California, Berkeley soccer player who disappeared after a weekend party was killed by a car as he ran across a Los Angeles freeway, police said Monday.

The 19-year-old freshman, Eloi Vasquez, died early Saturday on Interstate 10 about a mile from the University of Southern California after he was seen leaving a fraternity party.

He was not carrying identification, which set off a missing persons search until the coroner could identify him.

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Police: Missing college athlete died on Los Angeles freeway
The family of Eloi Vasquez, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, is offering a $50,000 reward for information about his whereabouts after he went missing on Saturday. (Photo via Facebook)
Police say the 19-year-old was last seen leaving a fraternity party near the University of Southern California early Saturday after telling his friends he wanted to take a walk. (Photo via Facebook)
Vasquez's mother, Wendy Margolin, said her son later called a friend, telling her he was lost and in trouble. She said no one has been able to reach him on his cellphone since then and that it was out of character for him to lose touch for this long. (Photo via Facebook)
When he left the party, Vasquez didn't have his wallet, money or identification. (Photo via Facebook)
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Vasquez, who was on spring break in Los Angeles, had left the party to take a walk with no money and no wallet, family and police said.

His mother, Wendy Margolin, said he later called a friend, telling her he was lost and in trouble.

The family had offered a $50,000 reward for information about his whereabouts.

"Eloi is a wonderful young man who has excelled both academically and athletically here at Cal," the university said in a statement before the death was confirmed.

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