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Woman falls onto city parking garage canopy

Friday, May 6, 2011 | 6:57 p.m. CDT; updated 7:59 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 6, 2011
Verdell Nash and Tavisha Franklin react to the sight of a body being covered Friday after the body was noticed on an awning at the new parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets around 4:49 p.m.

COLUMBIA — Emergency workers responded to the new city parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets where a woman appeared to have fallen onto the canopy of the garage, said Deputy Chief Stephen Monticelli of the Columbia Police Department.

Police received a call at 4:49 p.m. from a witness who saw the woman hanging off the overhang of the parking garage, Sgt. Jill Wieneke of the Columbia Police Department said. Officers arrived at the scene just after 4:52 p.m.

It has not been confirmed to be a suicide, but officers will look at security videos to rule out any foul play and determine what level of the parking garage she fell from, Wieneke said.


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Bill Fisher May 6, 2011 | 9:53 p.m.
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frank christian May 6, 2011 | 10:39 p.m.
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Ellis Smith May 7, 2011 | 4:46 a.m.

Agreed, Frank. To say the remark is harsh, especially since we apparently don't know the exact circumstances of the woman's death, is putting it mildly.

Maybe we should toss the remark-maker off one of the upper levels of the garage as a "scientific experiment," to see how far he bounces when he hits the pavement.

Could erecting coils of razor wire around the top of this "edifice" make it any uglier than it already is?

This is what's appealing about cities having one or more "arts" universities and colleges located in them: everyone is so suave and rational.

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Michael Williams May 7, 2011 | 9:39 a.m.

Why do I get this vague, uneasy emotion when looking at the picture accompanying this article? One woman holding her hands in an emotional, prayerful, thoughtful display....and the other taking a picture of a dead body.

What is the human rationale, the motivation, behind taking pictures of such a thing? I see it happen all the time, with the results displayed on UTube, etc. What's the point? Selling the picture for money? Being "first"? Having something someone else doesn't have? Being "in the know"?

I dunno. I'm having trouble articulating what I'm feeling.

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Louis Schneebaum May 7, 2011 | 5:28 p.m.

Michael Williams,

It's just like when everyone came out to see the hanging. Or during the Inquisition, when they all came out to see the heretics burned. Humans often like to look at horrific spectacles. Because we are horrible.

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hank ottinger May 7, 2011 | 6:12 p.m.

Probably pretty true, Louis, alas. Better, perhaps, to spend some time looking at the end of a beautiful spring day, the sun filtering through newly green leaves, the birds singing, the breezes lightly blowing, and thanking our stars we're alive to see it, hear it, smell it, if only for a moment or two.

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Michael Williams May 7, 2011 | 9:06 p.m.

hank: Don't forget contemplating the virtues of high-quality toilet paper.

Hey, sum thangs are important!

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