Police identify Cal Poly student found dead on campus

April 16, 2022

Zachary Blanchard


Officials have identified 21-year-old Zachary Blanchard as the Cal Poly student who was found dead early Monday morning near a Poly Canyon Village parking structure. Police have determined Blanchard died by suicide.

Blanchard was a biomedical engineering student from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was also a certified pharmacy technician, according to his LinkedIn page.

“When the pandemic left me with extra time on my hands, I studied to become certified as a pharmacy technician. I got my license in time to start working in the COVID vaccine clinics,” Blanchard wrote on his LinkedIn page. “I’m majoring in biomedical engineering, though I’m unsure exactly what I want to work on with the degree.”

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Poor kid. RIP.

Such a waste, so much human potential…

My heart goes out to his parents.

Tragic. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Check on your people, folks.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

This is absolutely heartbreaking