Cops Kill Man Suspected in San Jose Murders

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RAFU WIRE SERVICES

SAN JOSE — A man who was shot and killed by San Jose police on Oct. 10 is suspected in the recent killings of two San Jose State University students, the San Jose Mercury News reported on Oct. 18.

Kenzo Otokawa

Ricardo Moreno, 23, was found with an unloaded handgun and bullets in his pocket after he was shot by an officer. Lt. Alan Cavallo said that gun was earlier used to kill Eric Kenzo Otokawa, 21, of San Jose and Kristina Lynn Pandula, 20, of Sunnyvale execution style at a residence near the SJSU campus.

Cavallo said Moreno and Otokawa at one point lived in the same dorm, and that Otokawa sold drugs to Moreno.

On Oct. 8, police officers found Otokawa dead inside a home in southeast San Jose. Pandula was taken to a hospital, where she died on Oct. 9.

Police say Otokawa and Pandula had been shot multiple times. Both were former students at SJSU and were in a relationship. Otokawa, a native of Atlanta, last attended SJSU in the spring. Before coming to SJSU, he attended Camden Military Academy in Camden, S.C., where he was active in sports and received the Coaches Award from the varsity football coach.

The two were San Jose’s 35th and 36th homicides of the year, compared to 20 in all of 2010.

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