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Student dies after falling from Westwood apartment building

A student died early Saturday morning after falling from an apartment in Westwood. (Bernard Mendez/Daily Bruin senior staff)

By Elizabeth Sherwood and Bernard Mendez

Oct. 24, 2020 2:23 p.m.

A student died early Saturday morning after falling from an apartment building near the UCLA campus.

A male student fell from an apartment building at the 400 block of Midvale Avenue at around 4:35 a.m., according to LAPD spokesperson Rosario Cervantes. The student was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, she said.

Several students told The Bruin the student was on the roof of the building at 433 Midvale Ave. prior to the incident. A sign warns tenants not to go onto the roof of the building, but the roof is accessible via an unlocked door. The roof has no guardrails around the perimeter of the building or around openings that lead to the ground floor.

“We were devastated to learn that a UCLA student tragically died early this morning after falling from an off-campus apartment building,” said UCLA spokesperson Bill Kisliuk in an emailed statement. “We are working to provide support and comfort to the family and friends of this student along with anyone else impacted by this heartbreaking loss.”

(Melissa Morris/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA and LAPD did not release the student’s identity. The Bruin is withholding the identity of the student until the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner office confirms the family has been notified of the death.

The cause of the fall is still unknown. No additional details are available at this time, Cervantes said. The incident is under investigation by the LAPD West Bureau, according to Cervantes.

Kisliuk said UCLA is working to provide support and counseling to those affected through UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services.

This story will be updated.

Contributing reports by Melissa Morris, Daily Bruin editor in chief.

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Elizabeth Sherwood | Assistant News editor
Sherwood is the 2020-2021 Assistant News Editor for the City & Crime beat. She was previously a contributor for National News and Higher Education. She is a second year political science and communications student and digital humanities minor at UCLA.
Sherwood is the 2020-2021 Assistant News Editor for the City & Crime beat. She was previously a contributor for National News and Higher Education. She is a second year political science and communications student and digital humanities minor at UCLA.
Mendez was the 2020-2021 News editor. He was previously a staff news reporter for the Science & Health beat and a developer for The Stack. He is also a third-year math student at UCLA.
Mendez was the 2020-2021 News editor. He was previously a staff news reporter for the Science & Health beat and a developer for The Stack. He is also a third-year math student at UCLA.
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