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    Police Still Investigating Bizarre Alumni Deaths

    Authorities recently found the decomposing bodies of two
    UCSD graduates and their family inside their upscale San
    home, and officials have discovered during
    their ongoing investigation that all five family members were suspiciously
    dressed in black clothing.

    Revelle College
    alumni and twins Margo and Grace Ucar, 21, were found lying in a bed in the
    first-floor bedroom on May 24, and their grandmother, Fransuhi Kesisoglu, 72,
    was sitting in a chaise lounge in the room. According to police, two guns were
    discovered near the bodies of the twins’ parents, Manas Ucar, 58, and Margrit
    Ucar, 48, both of whom appeared to have gunshot wounds.

    One of the guns was registered to Margrit Ucar and
    investigators are still looking for records on the second gun, Lt. Erin
    Giudice, spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, said in a
    statement. She added that the
    Turkish-American family may have been dead for two to three weeks.

    Prompted by phone calls from worried neighbors and
    relatives, deputies had visited the Ucar residence twice in the past two weeks
    but, after looking into windows and trying to open doors, found nothing

    “Everything was closed up,” Giudice said. “The family and
    the neighborhood thought they were on vacation.”

    Relatives of the Ucar family shattered a window and forced
    their way into the house only to discover the five bodies. Detectives wore scuba-like breathing
    apparatuses while investigating the scene to fight the stench.

    Officials are awaiting toxicology test results in about six
    weeks before they conclusively determine a cause of death.

    Giudice said no suspects are being sought at this time, but
    neither homicide nor suicide have been ruled out. She declined to comment on whether there was
    a note left behind.

    “We are certainly looking into all aspects and all
    possibilities,” Giudice said. “We want to be really careful when we talk about

    Margo and Grace had completed their studies in March and
    were set to officially graduate this month with bachelor’s degrees in human
    biology. In addition, both were teaching
    assistants last fall for associate professor of biological sciences George

    “I feel devastated by this terrible tragedy,” Fortes said in
    an e-mail. “Margo and Grace were top students in my courses. They did an
    excellent job, were always interested and knowledgeable, always smiling and

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