Police said a teen died after falling from a fifth-floor balcony while apparently trying to escape from officers breaking up a late-night party at The Avenue apartments near the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.
Witnesses told police that Xavier Somerville, 18, lost his grip and fell Monday as he was trying to swing down to a balcony below after officers arrived on a report of loud music about 3 a.m. in the 900 block of West 10th Street.
Somerville was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital in critical condition, but later succumbed to his injuries, Indianapolis Metro Police Department officers said.
Police said Sommerville was a freshman at Purdue University.
Investigators said Somerville was a freshman at Purdue University, and had just received a bid to pledge Sigma Chi Fraternity.
IUPUI student Jeff Batesole said he couldnt believe what had happened.
"That's very surprising. Usually, you hear about those stories of things happening on Spring Break. You wouldn't think it would happen somewhere here. I mean, I know there's parties and everything. That's sad. That's more extreme than I've ever heard, Batesole said.
Police said several people at the apartment were cited for under-aged drinking, and across the state, Indiana State Excise Police are cracking down on under-age drinking on college campuses. Over the weekend, excise officers made more than 200 arrests on Indiana college campuses.
"We want to change behavior. We don't want to issue more tickets, we want to change behaviors. But if it takes issuing tickets in order to impact that behavior, then that's what we're going to do, said excise spokesman Travis Thickstun.
IUPUI students held a vigil in Somerville's honor at The Avenue apartments Monday night.
Copyright Copyright 2012 by
All rights reserved.
This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.