A 26-year-old recent NYU medical school graduate jumped off the roof of his former NYU residence hall yesterday afternoon, according to the NYPD. He plunged 26 stories before landing in the dorm's parking lot, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The NYPD says that at around 2 p.m. yesterday, Sean O'Rourke, 26, jumped off the roof of Vilcek Hall on East 26th Street near 1st Ave, just a few blocks from the NYU School of Medicine. "My friend and I were walking and we heard like a thud or a boom sound," neighbor Albert Camacho told the Post.
According to the Post, O'Rourke graduated from the NYU School of Medicine in May, and had lived in the dorm; the NYPD currently lists his address as 174th Street near Broadway.
NYU School of Medicine sent us the following statement:
A graduate of the medical school from the class of 2014 died yesterday unexpectedly at NYU School of Medicine. No further details are available as the police are still investigating. Counseling services are being offered to students, faculty and staff. At this time of sudden loss and grief, we extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of our former student.
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