Man try­ing to pre­vent sui­cide at­tempt falls to his death from win­dow


Two men fell from the 14th floor of a Univer­sity of Hawaii dor­mi­tory — one of them to his death while try­ing to pull the other from a ledge, Honolulu po­lice said.

The 24-year-old man who died was try­ing to bring in­side an ap­par­ently dis­traught 19-year-old who went out a win­dow onto the ledge early Sun­day, author­i­ties said.

Both men fell to the ground and were crit­i­cally in­jured, po­lice said in a state­ment. They were taken to a hos­pi­tal, where the older man was pro­nounced dead.

The 19-year-old re­mained in crit­i­cal con­di­tion Mon­day, po­lice said.

Nei­ther man was a Univer­sity of Hawaii stu­dent, school spokesman Dan Meisen­zahl said.

A stu­dent who lived at the dorm had peo­ple over, and the two men were among them, Meisen­zahl said. Their names were not re­leased.

“It’s a ter­ri­ble tragedy — the last thing we want to hap­pen ... whether they are stu­dents or not,” he said. “Of course, our con­do­lences go out to their friends and fam­ily.”

The school year hasn’t started yet, so only about 20 stu­dents were liv­ing in the two tow­ers that make up the Hale Wainani dorm. The univer­sity has of­fered them coun­sel­ing, Meisen­zahl said.

The univer­sity’s flag­ship cam­pus in Honolulu’s Manoa neigh­bor­hood is gen­er­ally a com­muter school with­out much of a fra­ter­nity scene, Meisen­zahl said. About 4,000 of 18,000 stu­dents live in cam­pus hous­ing.

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