An Indiana University student has died after falling from the balcony of an apartment building early Friday morning.
IU sophomore Linden Whitt passed away at 4:55 p.m. Saturday from neck injuries she suffered in the eight-foot fall over a second-story railing. Whitt was 20 years old.
“It’s tragic beyond words,” university spokesperson Mark Land said Sunday, sending condolences to Whitt’s family.
According to a press release from Bloomington Police, witnesses told officers Whitt and Joseph Lao, 20, were leaning against the balcony railing.
“One witness reported Whitt was standing in front of Lao when Lao lost his balance,” the press release states. “They both fell over the railing to the ground… The same witness reported that Whitt may have hit the ground first and that Lao landed on top of her.”
Whitt was unresponsive when police arrived, and first responders performed CPR. She and Lao were both transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital. As of Sunday afternoon, Lao’s injury status was unknown.
Whitt was originally from Mishawaka. According to IU spokesperson Mark Land, Whitt’s parents came to Bloomington after hearing of her injuries and were in town at the time of her death.
University counseling services will be made available to any students who need them, Land added.