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Diane Kwon (Fremont Police Department)

Diane Kwon, a 21-year-old accomplished golfer, was found dead this week in the parking lot of a shopping center, police said.

About 11 p.m. Monday, Kwon was discovered by a passer-by near her 2003 Honda Accord, behind a building formerly occupied by Barnes & Noble in Fremont Plaza, 3950 Mowry Ave., Detective Bill Veteran said.

Police are treating the death as "suspicious," and are trying to determine the cause, Veteran said.

Authorities are not providing further details.

Kwon was a former Cal golfer and a two-time San Francisco City Golf Championship winner.

"We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Diane," Cal coach Nancy McDaniel said in a statement. "Over the years that Diane played for us, she was a fierce competitor while still managing to be a gracious sportswoman. What struck me most about her was her vivacious personality and the friendships that she forged wherever we went."

Kwon graduated from Kennedy High School in Fremont in 2008.

News of Kwon's death hit the campus hard, said Tom Hanson, Kennedy's principal.

"She was an extraordinary kid, and many of the adults here are deeply saddened by this news," he said. "There are kids who give your school more than you give them, and she was one of those kids."


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John Webb, Kennedy's athletic director, said that Kwon was such a golf standout that she played for the school's boys team because it did not have a girls squad.

"She was second in the entire league one time," Webb said.

As a freshman at Cal in 2008-2009, she helped lead the squad to a place in the NCAA West Regional. She played for the Bears for two years. Anyone with information on the case may contact police at 510-790-6900.

Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.