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DEATH INVESTIGATION: Police say BU student tried to climb from 4th to 3rd floor balcony


BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Binghamton Police responded around 2:11 p.m. Saturday to 92 Front Street following reports that a man had fallen from a fourth floor balcony.

Police say Conor Donnelly, 18, of Pearl River, New York was transported to UHS Wilson Hospital and shortly afterward he was pronounced dead.

According to police, the college freshman fell when he attempted to climb to a third floor balcony from the fourth floor balcony. Authorities say Donnelly's death has been ruled accidental. 

"Autopsy findings support that Donnelly had been drinking and it is believed that this was a contributing factor," according to a news release.

Police say Donnelly was attending a house party hosted by Alpha Sigma Phi at 92 Front Street. 

"Donnelly was in the process of pledging to the fraternity. The party was attended by numerous students and there is no evidence that Donnelly's death was the result of hazing," police said in the news release.

Binghamton University said Monday that the fraternity has been suspended on an interim basis, pending the outcome of this investigation.

"Our Dean of Students Office and Case Management Services met with the student’s parents when they arrived and have been providing them support. In the meantime, staff from the University Counseling Center (UCC) continue to provide support and counseling services for students who are affected by this death," Director of Media & Public Relations Ryan Yarosh said in a statement.

Monday night, Alpha Sigma Phi released a statement on its website, saying:

"Alpha Sigma Phi is very saddened to learn of the passing of Conor Donnelly, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. While police have determined his death to be an accident, we will continue to provide our full cooperation during the ongoing investigation. Additionally, a senior Alpha Sigma Phi staff member is now in Binghamton to provide support to members after the loss of their friend."

The incident is having a large impact on the community. 

"As an alumni, as someone who represents this community, as county executive, my heart goes out to the student's family, and their friends, and the student community," Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said. 

"To see that, I would never expect that, I would never walk into work and see something like that, completely unexpected," Jeff Vazquez, Manager of neighboring restaurant Thai Time, explained. 

County officials vow to continue to work to keep the community safe. 

"We're committed to keeping this community as safe as possible, and I think we can certainly do more to do that," Garnar said. 

The incident is still being investigated and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Binghamton Police Detective Bureau at (607) 772-7080.

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