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Notre Dame Senior Falls to Death Before Graduation

William Meckling was with friends on roof of sports arena
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2015 3:56 PM CDT

(Newser) – One day before he was to graduate from Notre Dame, senior William Meckling fell to his death from the roof of a campus building, reports the Chicago Tribune. The school says in a news release that Meckling and friends climbed atop the Joyce Center sports arena, but he apparently lost his footing on the rain-slicked roof and fell. Friends summoned a campus officer about 3:45am this morning, but the 21-year-old could not be revived. The Colorado native was a mechanical engineering major and a member of the fencing team. Hours after his death, classmates spelled out "Billy" in candles on campus. Graduation ceremonies are tomorrow.

"It is a profound sadness ... to lose someone so young and brimming with promise," says Notre Dame President the Rev. John Jenkins. (Read more Notre Dame stories.)

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