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UPDATE: Autopsies for student deaths released, investigation continues

In unrelated events, the ISU community suffered the loss of two young people this past weekend.

Yusuf ‘Yoshi’ Ziada, 19, was found dead on the scene early Sunday morning by Bloomington Dispatch in a field, said McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling. Katie R. Borenstein, 20, was also pronounced dead in her apartment at 800 W. Hovey Ave. in Normal at about 6:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Ziada’s preliminary autopsy results showed he had signs and symptoms of cold exposure which led to his death. Kimmerling said he was not dressed appropriately for outdoor conditions as he was not wearing a coat, hat or gloves.

“Early information suggests that Yoshi wandered away from The Chateau Hotel on Jumer Drive in Bloomington and then collapsed; he has no external injuries that led to his death,” she added.

Ziada was an a current ISU student and Oak Lawn native who previously attended Oak Lawn Community High School. He last resided at 700 Gregory in Normal.

A candlelight service was held on Monday night at the Delta Chi house on Willow Street to honor Ziada’s life.

According to her preliminary autopsy results, Borenstein’s death was caused by a blood clot in her pulmonary artery. Kimmerling said her death is not suspicious, and the final cause will be known after forensic toxicology and histology tests have been performed.

Borenstein, originally from Buffalo Grove, was not currently enrolled at ISU at the time of her death.

Bloomington and Normal Police Departments will continue to assist the McLean County Coroner’s Office with the investigation of both deaths.

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