UC Berkeley alumnus dies in apparent suicide on campus in mid-May

A 25-year-old UC Berkeley alumnus died in an apparent suicide on May 18.

According to UCPD Lt. Eric Tejada, police responded to a call at 2 a.m. from a passerby who reported suspicious behavior. Officers found Andrew J. Maxwell with a gunshot wound to the head at the vista point of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He was taken to Highland General Hospital in Oakland.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Bureau confirmed that Maxwell died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 3:08 a.m. that Friday at the hospital.

Tejada said Maxwell left a note which led police to determine that it was a suicide.

Maxwell graduated this semester with a master’s degree in public health from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He also graduated and earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology in 2009.