College student falls off of balcony and dies
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 08, 2017,
Mar 08, 2017, 0:36
A student at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign died after falling from a balcony on Friday night, according to Champaign police.
The Chicago Tribune reports Morales died during celebrations of "Unofficial", an "annual day of drinking" to celebrate St. Patrick's Day that was started by a local bar.
News of the tragedy has since led to the college where Morales was a student calling for the event to be scrapped.
'We would like very much for it to never happen again.
'It's a danger to our students ... Romo wrote that Morales was "a wonderful, happy spirited young man who loved dancing and music" who was "a friend to many".
Reiterated the spokesperson, Robin Kaler, 'That's the sole goal of Unofficial: excessive drinking'.
'Morales was then transported to Carle Foundation Hospital, where at 11:50 PM he was pronounced deceased by hospital personnel. Friday night, police said.
"Limited information is available at this time; however, preliminary investigations suggest that Morales" fall was accidental, ' a statement released by the department on Sunday said. The incident occurred on what is known as "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day" in Urbana-Champaign. He was later identified as 23-year-old Jonathan Morales. Racheal Romo, who said she was Morales' aunt, set up a GoFundMe page Saturday to help cover the cost of Morales' funeral services.
School officials say Morales was originally from Franklin Park, Illinois and studying communications.