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Penn State Student Dies in Tragic Fall From Fraser Street Garage: Was Set to Graduate

by on December 21, 2013 2:35 PM

A Penn State student died Friday morning after he fell from the Fraser Street Parking Garage. The garage is located near the intersection of Fraser Street and West Beaver Avenue.

The student is identified as 22-year-old Andrew Magargle, of Pasedena, MD.

Police were called to the scene at 9:38 a.m. after a report of a man found lying on the south side of the garage. Officers say Magargle was dead when they arrived. There was no evidence of criminal activity.

It's unclear exactly what happened. Investigators say Magargle likely fell or jumped from the the garage's roof. An investigation is underway and an autopsy will be performed later Saturday. Police are reportedly looking at surveillance video from the garage.

Penn State spokesperson Lisa Powers says, "It is with deep sadness that we learned of Andrew's death. It is always heart wrenching to hear that a student's life has been cut short, and we grieve for this loss. Our deepest sympathy is offered to his family and friends."

According to Penn State, Magargle, a computer science major, was supposed to graduate on Saturday.

Anyone with information should contact the State College Police Department at (814) 234-715.

There have been at least two other falls involving Penn State students this past semester, one of them fatal.

On Nov. 16, 20-year-old Conor Macmannis died in a fall from a ninth floor balcony of Penn Tower at 255 E. Beaver Ave. Police said at the time that drugs and alcohol appeared to have been a factor. Police believe MacMannis was under the influence of alcohol and some kind of psychedelic drug, either LSD or possibly a synthetic form of the drug.

Addressing Macmannis' death, university spokesperson Annemarie Mountz said in November, “It’s tragic. We’re trying to come to grips with it ourselves. It’s just so sad.”

Less than a week later, a Penn State student fell from a second story balcony of the Palmerton Apartments at 316 W. Beaver Ave.

That student fell about 15 feet and suffered a broken leg.

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