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PostSubject: NIU student falls 11 stories to his death   Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:18 am

My prayers and sympathy go out to his entire family, and our Campus.

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University officials remained tight-lipped about what happened Saturday night when a 19-year-old student fell to his death from the school’s Stevenson Towers dormitory.

“The NIU police are awaiting results of the cause of death investigation being performed by the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office,” NIU Police Chief Thomas Phillips said in a written statement issued Monday afternoon.

Coroner Dennis Miller identified the student as Oluwarotimi Okedina. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday on the second-year student who others described as “outgoing” and “energetic.”

Police were called to the 12-story Stevenson Towers C – one of four that make up the complex at the south end of the university’s student housing area – around 10 p.m. The student was found on the ground after falling from the 11th floor of the building, NIU spokesman Joe King said.

He was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital where he was pronounced dead, King said.

King said it remains unclear how Okedina fell. But King confirmed Okedina was not assigned to that building or the room from which he fell.

The student’s relatives were called immediately and went to the hospital.

“They were on campus the next day,” King said.

Social media swirled with news of Okedina’s death.

Chester Buford, 19, said he lives on the eighth floor of the tower where the incident happened. The sophomore sociology major said other students sent Snapchat and Instagram posts about what happened.

“It was crazy,” Buford said. “Everybody was talking about it yesterday.”

Okedina fell from a window that most students say seems too narrow for a body to pass through.

The tower’s windows are composed of two sections. One part is a larger pane that doesn’t open at all. Below that is a more narrow part that allows for pushing the glass outward, and it is screened. The screen slides left to right.

“I don’t know how you can jump through the windows because, we have screens but you can only like stick your arms out. Maybe your head. But your whole body can’t, like, fit out there,” Buford said.

University officials would not say how Okedina could have fallen through the window.

“All of that would part of an ongoing investigation. I couldn’t comment on it,” King said.

Nickolaus Hammock, 27, was assigned to Stevenson Towers C when he lived on campus in previous years. He wasn’t on campus Saturday when the incident happened, but like other students, he heard about it on social media. Hammock, a junior majoring in computer science, said he couldn’t believe either that a body could fit through the narrow windows in the dorm rooms.


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PostSubject: Re: NIU student falls 11 stories to his death   Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:21 am

That is so tragic Ryan, I hope they find out what happened, it will not make it easier on his family but at least they may have some closure as to how and why it happened.
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PostSubject: Re: NIU student falls 11 stories to his death   Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:34 am

Oh my God that is so horrible. My thoughts are for all of you on Campus at Northern Ryan, and for his family and friends.
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PostSubject: Re: NIU student falls 11 stories to his death   Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:09 pm

That is really sad Ryan, my heart goes out to everybody there.
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PostSubject: Re: NIU student falls 11 stories to his death   Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:03 pm

This is totally strange, not only the fact that he was able to get through that window, but the fact that it was not his dorm room he fell out of.

Be interesting to see if there was alcohol involved there.
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PostSubject: Re: NIU student falls 11 stories to his death   Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:06 pm

So sad, and tragic. May he rest in peace.
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