Penn State student dies after 9-story fall from balcony

Centre County coroner says tumble was an accident

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Penn State University is offering counseling to campus peers coping with the death of a 20-year-old student who fell nine stories early Saturday from a balcony at an apartment complex near the University Park campus.

Conor MacMannis, 20, a kinesiology major from Stafford, Va., and member of Penn State's track and field team died of head injuries in an accidental fall, Coroner Scott Sayers said. A toxicology report is pending. State College police said in a statement released earlier Saturday that their "preliminary investigation suggests drugs and alcohol appear to be a factor in the fall."

Mr. MacMannis was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after he was found outside Penn Towers Apartments at 255 Beaver Ave., according to State College police, who are investigating the death. A report of the fall came in to police about 3:45 a.m.

"The death of any student is a terrible loss and we send our deepest sympathy to his family and friends," Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said. "We are deeply saddened by this tragic event."

Student affairs staff have been in contact with the victim's family, she said. Counseling is being offered to others on campus through the university's Counseling and Psychological Services.

Police asked anyone with information about the death to call 1-814-234-7150 or submit an anonymous tip to the State College website.

On Oct. 13, 2012, a 19-year-old Penn State cheerleader Paige Raque fell from a fifth-floor window of an off-campus apartment, seriously injuring herself. Authorities said she fell 39 feet.


Bill Schackner: bschackner@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1977 and on Twitter: @BschacknerPG. First Published November 16, 2013 1:21 PM


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