Coroner Rules Penn State High-Rise Death Suicide

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013  |  Updated 9:53 AM EDT
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Did Ex-PSU Student Jump Intentionally?

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The Centre County coroner has officially ruled that the death of a 24-year-old former Penn State student who jumped from a high-rise apartment building in downtown State College was a suicide.

Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers said an autopsy on Joshua Zornberg showed that the 24-year-old died from head trauma caused by a six-story fall from the University Gateway apartment building early Tuesday.

Zornberg was pronounced dead at about 1 a.m. after police responded to a call of a man lying in the roadway near the Penn State campus.

State College Police said in a statement that video evidence from the apartment building showed a man running down the hall and "intentionally diving out the hallway window."

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Last fall, a Penn State cheerleader was seriously hurt following an accidental fall from a fifth-floor window at another building during a party. And on Wednesday a college student visiting Temple University died after accidentally falling off a roof during a party.

 


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