ASU student dies in fall from Tempe building

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TEMPE, Ariz. -- An 18-year-old ASU student died after falling from the tenth floor of an apartment building, according to Sgt. Michael Pooley with the Tempe Police Dept.

It happened Sunday at approximately 2:40 a.m. at 922 East Apache Blvd.

Tempe firefighters and police officers responded to the scene to investigate the fall and treat the victim for injuries.

The victim was transported to the hospital where she died.

She has been identified as 18-year-old Naomi McClendon from Kansas.

Sgt. Pooley said it does appear alcohol was a factor.

Surveillance video showed she appeared to be very intoxicated when she arrived at the apartment building, according to Sgt. Pooley.

"She went too close to the edge of the balcony," said Sgt. Pooley. "She came back and then she went back closer. We don't know what exactly happened. It doesn't appear that she intentionally jumped. It looks like it was a complete accident, that she slipped, she fell and she wasn't able to catch herself."

McClendon could be seen on the surveillance video being very unstable on her feet, she was stumbling, she was holding onto the rail and holding onto the wall as she was going up to tenth floor.

"When she gets to the balcony she almost looks like she straddles the railing and lays down on top of the railing, half of her body on the balcony and the other half dangling," said Sgt. Pooley. "At one point she looks like she starts to slip and realizes what's happening. She tries to catch herself and unfortunately its too late."

Investigators said that McClendon was alone on the balcony. She does not live at that apartment. She was there to visit friends.

Investigators are looking into where McClendon was before the fall and who provided the alcohol to her.

"It's against the law to be giving alcohol to minors as well as to be consuming alcohol under the age of 21," said Sgt. Pooley. "We have to go back in time to see where she was at, who she was with, who provided this alcohol, if she was at a bar, if she was at a party and ultimately was the one that gave her this."

We are deeply saddened by the death of ASU student Naomi McClendon who was a sophomore majoring in non-profit leadership and management. ASU extends condolences to her family and friends and is offering counseling services to those who knew her. 

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