The death of a Cal Poly student found in a car with poisonous gas on Friday officially has been determined to be a suicide, according to the Cal Poly Police Department.
Chief Bill Watton said he spoke with the San Luis Obispo County coroner who conducted an autopsy Wednesday on Osvaldo Julian Ponce, a 19-year-old physics major.
Watton said the coroner’s findings were consistent with the police’s hunch that Ponce committed suicide. He was found in a car filled with lethal hydrogen sulfide, with signs warning those outside that the vehicle contained dangerous gas.
Ponce, a freshman, was described by friends and former teachers as a friendly, bright, good-natured young man and a loyal friend. They knew him as “Osi.”
His mother, Aniko, has extended an invitation to his friends to join in a memorial service for Ponce on Sunday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Seal Beach Yacht Club at 255 N. Marina Drive in Long Beach.
Flowers have been sent to his mother by members of the Wilson Boys Aquatics, according to a club representative. Ponce was a former water polo player and swimmer on teams at Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach.