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By Miriam Raftery

November 7, 2014 (San Diego)—A sophomore at San Diego State University has died after falling five stories off an apartment building near campus.  She has been identified as Melissa Kennon, a sophomore studying psychology.

10 News reports that the 19-year-old girl was on the roof at 4 a.m. with a man who told police that Kennon wanted to be daring and climbed out a ledge, then lost her balance and fell.  He said he is afraid of heights but was unable to convince her to move away from the ledge.

Kennon was rushed to a hospital by paramedics with a head injury and other injuries, but died shortly after 10 a.m.

She belonged to the same sorority as another student who recently died of Meningitis. Counseling is available for students impacted by this loss; students in need of counseling can call 619-594-5220, or visit

SDSU’s Vice President of Student Affairs, Eric Rivera called the loss heartbreaking.

“Our community is deeply saddened by the passing of Melissa Kennon,” he states. “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and loved ones, who have shared with us how much Melissa loved SDSU.”  He adds,”We will honor Melissa by Sharing strength and support with one another as we process through this difficult time.”

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