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20-year-old MU student dies after jumping from garage

Thursday, December 17, 2009 | 8:44 a.m. CST; updated 8:26 a.m. CST, Friday, December 18, 2009

COLUMBIA — A 20-year-old male MU student died early Thursday after jumping off the north side of Hitt Street garage.

MU Police Capt. Brian Weimer said officers were called to the garage at 3:46 a.m. The young man was taken to University Hospital, where he died.

The garage has been reopened after police closed it to investigate the scene.

Weimer said the department will not release the name of the student until Friday. He said the department needs the time to notify the student's family.


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Jennifer Smith December 17, 2009 | 11:35 a.m.

My heart aches for this young man and the pain he must have been feeling. Also for his family and friends.

It's hard to explain to someone who's pain is so real and intense for them that suicide isn't the answer. I have no idea, obviously, what was tormenting this young man. It could have been anything from a long term persistant mental illness or even possibly having sent out graduation invitations only to find out he wasn't able to graduate and feeling humiliated.

There is a suicide prevention website on MU's website with information regarding "red flags," how to know when someone may be considering suicide and how to handle it depending on the urgency of the situation.
PLEASE... if you feel your loved one is at risk. Tell someone or talk to them! Sometimes it's ok to butt into others business...especially when it may protect their life.

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