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Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office identifies victim of weekend Isla Vista cliff fall

Isla Vista cliff fall victim identified

ISLA VISTA, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office identified the victim who fell off of a cliff in Isla Vista and died on Friday night.

Chasen Alibrando, 25 of Santa Monica, fell from a cliff on the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Raquel Zick.

The death appears to be accidental, but final determination is pending a toxicology report, Zick said.

Ethan Bertrand of the Isla Vista Community Services District reacted by saying, "All of us in Isla Vista are devastated to learn about the passing of a UCSB alum this past weekend. It is tragic."

Beth Krom of Irvine is the mother of a student who fell to his death before graduation in 2009.

Krom said, "I'm sure the young man had friends and family and knowing that his mother is heading into Mother's Day having just lost her son is heartbreaking."

She has kept count and kept in touch with other parents who lost children in cliff falls.

"It has been really hard to learn that another victim has died from a cliff fall in Isla Vista, " said Krom, "As it happens today would have been our son's 35th birthday and this young man who died on Friday makes the sixth victim since Noah died."

Students walking up from the beach along the 6600 block of Del Playa on Tuesday evening said they see warning signs and fencing, but they are still concerned about the erosion and the lack of lighting along the cliffs at night.

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