SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Students and faculty at Santa Barbara High School are mourning the loss of SBHS Senior Andrew Hernandez Tuesday morning.
Police were called out to the beach near Stearns Wharf at about 6:47 a.m. to investigate the discovery of a body. Authorities believe the victim drowned and no foul play is suspected but the investigation is ongoing.
Santa Barbara High School Principal John Becchio released a statement to the SBHS community identifying the student by name that reads:
Dear Parents and Guardians of the SBHS Community,
Please read the following message, which I shared with your students this morning:
I am sorry to bring this news to you in this manner, but with all that is going on I wanted to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information about recent events that have transpired with one of our students.
I have confirmed that SBHS senior, Andrew Hernandez, died this morning.
I ask that in times like this we bond together as a Dons Family and make sure that we take care of each other. We have a compassion center being set up in the alumni room with counseling services available. Please take the time to console one another and support each other through this tough time, as we try and makes sense of such a tragic piece of news for our school.
Becchio said school officials are doing their best to serve all of the needs of the students and staff impacted by this incident.
This story has been updated with the most current information.