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Police investigate second student falling death

The Morgantown Police Department is investigating the death of a West Virginia University student who fell from an apartment complex.

Just after midnight on May 7, officers went to Central Place on Baird Street for a reported fall, according to MPD. When officers arrived, they saw a man lying on the sidewalk near the apartment complex.

In its investigation, MPD learned the fall victim was Charles Stephen Nelson, 20, of Pikesville, Md. He was taken to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital and died of his injuries, MPD said.

Detectives collected evidence and continue to investigate to determine the circumstances that led to the fall. There is no indication of foul play at this time.

A WVU spokesperson said Nelson was a sophomore engineering student.

“Any time a member of our University family passes away, we feel the loss deeply and mourn together as a campus community. The Morgantown Police Department notified us of an off-campus incident which resulted in the death of a student, and we are working with the department as its investigation continues,” the University said.

“We have reached out to the student’s family to offer support and assistance. We also want students on and off campus to know that counselors are available through the Carruth Center right now for anyone who needs to talk. The phone number is 304-293-4431, or students may also choose to text WVU to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program is also available to provide support to WVU employees.”

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