A man who was trying to save a distraught 19-year-old from committing suicide has plummeted to his own death. The incident took place at a University of Hawaii dormitory in the early hours of Sunday morning, when a 24-year-old man fell headlong from the 14th floor at the Hale Wainini dormitory in an attempt to rescue the teenager from falling over the ledge.
According to USA Today,both men were critically injured after falling to the ground and were immediately carried to a nearby hospital. While the younger man is still struggling for life in the hospital, the older man has been pronounced dead by hospital authorities. The names of the deceased and the younger man have not yet been released by the police. Neither man was a University of Hawaii student.
School spokesperson Dan Meisenzahl went onto further state that a student living at the dorm had people over, and the two men were among them. He was deeply sorry about the loss.
“It’s a terrible tragedy — the last thing we want to happen… whether they are students or not. Of course, our condolences go out to their friends and family.”
It all happened when the younger man moved out the window onto the ledge on Sunday morning – the reasons for his actions still shrouded in mystery – and the older man tried to pull him from falling over the ledge, according to a statement released by the Honolulu police.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that at the time of the accident, only 20 students – those in need of transitional housing between the summer and fall semesters – were living in the two towers that make the Hale Wainini dormitory. All the students were scheduled to move out on Sunday for cleaning ahead of the fall semester. The university is offering them counseling after the tragic incident.
The scene outside University of Hawaii’s flagship campus was grim on Monday afternoon, as maintenance workers and cleaning staff quietly went about their business of having the dormitory in proper order before students started arriving on campus for the fall semester.
Suicides remain a remarkably common reason of death in the United States, with about 4,000 men and women between the ages of 15 and 24 dying every year from suicide. But this probably would be the first instance where a man who was trying to save another man from committing suicide, has unfortunately plummeted to his own death.
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