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Friends Remember UCSB Student
updated: May 15, 2014, 1:35 PM

Friends of Sierra Markee-Winkler, the UCSB Student who was found dead on an Isla Vista beach earlier this month, gathered to in her memory as new details are released.

The Daily Nexus reported that friends gathered at UCSB's Coal Oil Sand Point Reserve last week to honor Winkler. "She enjoyed everything from debating to running and dancing," said friend and neighbor Adam de Gree, "She was incredibly open, able to connect with people from all walks of life. Many times over the past few months, I saw her invite complete strangers into her house and feed them while talking for hours."

The 20-year-old student from Eureka, CA was discovered on the morning of May 4th on the beach below the Isla Vista cliffs. There has been speculation over the cause of death, some believe she may have fell while others feel it could be a drowning. In an interview with the Daily Nexus Isla Vista Foot Patrol Lieutenant Rob Plastino said Markee-Winkler's body did not sustain injuries typical of cliff falls but that it's possible she drowned the night of her death. "Remember, it is pitch black down there at night and the water is freezing," he said. "In that water, she wouldn't have lasted 15 minutes." Plastino also said Markee- Winkler had been drinking and was allegedly involved in an argument with one of her roommates that night.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has been investigating her death and stated the cause will not be released for several weeks. This is the sixth death suspected from falling off the Isla Vista cliffs since 2001.


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