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Paddleboarder who drowned near Stearns Wharf identified

30-year-old from Uganda attended Westmont

Davies Kabogoza

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The man who drowned in the Santa Barbara Harbor has been identified as Davies Kabogoza.

Kabogoza was stand-up paddleboarding with a female friend near the pier on Saturday.

He fell in the water and never resurfaced.

The dive team with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office recovered his body.

The 30-year-old from Uganda graduated from Westmont college last year, earning a bachelor's degree in kinesiology.

Westmont College President Gayle Beebe describes Kabogoza as a true role modle.

"Everyone on campus knows him and he was very much loved. He just had an incredible life story," said Beebe. "It's just hard to believe it came down to such a tragic end."

Kabogoza from Uganda played on the Westmont soccer team and on his spear time earned some extra money modeling.

"I know he did some stuff for H& M and Ambercombie," said his former teammate Emmanuel Akyen. "He actually introduced me to the whole sports jacket thing. Yeah he's pretty fashionable."

Nearly a year ago Davies started subbing at Laguna Blance where he also coached soccer. Students took the news hard.

"They were sad, they were heartbroken and then our wonderful soccer team decided as a wonderful tribute to dress up in their jersey's and do what they could to honor his name," said Lolli Lucas, colleague at Laguna Blanca.

Many of his friends are still having a hard time believing that this beautiful soul is gone.

"For me he's not dead you know," said Akyen. "I think of him and see pictures and I can't even go on facebook and look at his pictures because it gives me panic attacks and so I am refusing to believe that he is dead."


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