Update: UNC student Morgan Terrell dies early Saturday morning
Published: Friday, December 2, 2011
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2011 17:12
The UNC community suffered another loss as student Morgan Terrell died at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday.
In an email sent to students at 8 a.m. Saturday, Brad Shade, director of housing operations for Housing and Residential Education, confirmed Terrell had passed. Shade said it was not suspected foul play was involved.
University of Northern Colorado Police Department and Greeley Police Department officers were at Turner Green Saturday morning roping off the area and keeping curious students at bay. The window of the 13th floor was open and officers and their flashlights were visible in the frame.
"As an entire campus we're grieving," said Nate Haas, the director of Media Relations at the University of Northern Colorado.
Haas said the investigation of the incident is ongoing and the cause of death will not be determined until the autopsy is performed. Foul play is not suspected.
Terrell, a sophomore theater major and a resident of Turner Hall, reportedly broke through a fixed window, which cannot be otherwise opened, on the 13th floor of the residence hall and jumped early this morning, Haas said. The UNC Police Department received and responded to a call about the incident at approximately 12:40 a.m. Saturday.
Police attempted to resuscitate the student through CPR until paramedics arrived.
"They did transport him to (North Colorado Medical Center) where he was determined to be deceased," Sgt. Joe Tymkowich, spokesman for Greeley PD.
Gene Haffner, the public relations director at North Colorado Medical Center, confirmed Terrell was transferred to the hospital, but could not speak on the cause of death, as that information comes from the coroner's office.
"A person named Morgan Terrell was transported to NCMC early this morning and was pronounced dead in the emergency department at 1:16 a.m.," Haffner said.
By Saturday afternoon, the caution tape around Turner was removed and the 13th-floor window was boarded shut.
The university has made available to residents of Turner and other students licensed counselors from UNC's Counseling Center Saturday morning.
"A priority this morning was to provide counseling to Turner residents," Haas said.
Haas said the campus community is encouraged to visit the Counseling Center about any issues they are facing during normal business hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Cassidy Hall. Counseling services are confidential and free and walk-in appointments are available. To contact the Counseling Center, call 970-351-2496.
If students need to talk to a counselor outside of the Counseling Center's business hours, Haas said they are welcomed and encouraged to call the UNC PD at 970-351-2245 to receive counseling services.
A prayer vigil will be held for Terrell at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Turner Green.
Terrell's death is the third of a UNC student in 2011. Freshman Ross Higuchi died April 19 after a fall from the roof of a fraternity house, and junior Alicia Lentz died on Sept. 14 of a brain aneurysm.
The Mirror will continue to provide continual updates as the story unfolds.