A freshman student from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) has died after he fell from the roof of an off-campus apartment building over the weekend.
Yahoo! News reports that the fatal accident happened early Saturday, October 24, at an apartment building located at 433 Midvale Avenue. The apartment complex is located just across the street from the UCLA campus.
According to a statement released by UCLA spokesperson Bill Kisliuk, the student was with friends on the roof of the apartment building when he fell. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
University officials and Los Angeles Police Department investigators have withheld the identity of the student pending notification of family members.
In an article that appeared in UCLA’s student newspaper, The Daily Bruin, the apartment complex where the incident occurred does have signs posted warning residents to stay off the roof, which has no guardrails. The roof is still accessible, however, through an unlocked door.
Owners of the apartment complex could not be reached for comment about the incident.
Students who attend the college say that the student was well-liked and was someone that would be missed.
UCLA released an official statement about the tragedy on Monday:
“We were devastated to learn that a UCLA student tragically died early this morning after falling from an off-campus apartment building. We are working to provide support and comfort to the family and friends of this student, along with anyone else impacted by this heartbreaking loss.”
The cause of the accident is still not yet determined and is currently under investigation.