Man Falls To His Death Trying To Save Suicidal Teenager In Hawaii

The man was reportedly attempting to bring the distraught teen in from a ledge.

A 24-year-old man fell 14 stories to his death Sunday while trying to stop a teenager from committing suicide, according to authorities. 

The fatal incident occurred around 2 a.m. at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, according to Hawaii News Now. 

Police said the man who died was attempting to bring inside an apparently distraught 19-year-old who had exited onto a ledge of the Hale Wainani dormitory in Honolulu out of an upper-story window. Both men fell from the 14th floor and were critically injured. They were taken to a hospital, where the 24-year-old was pronounced dead and the other man remained in critical condition Monday. 

Neither man was enrolled at the university, according to reports. 

University spokesman Dan Meisenzahl told The Associated Press a party was going on at the dorm at the time of the incident and the university is investigating whether any violations of the student code occurred. 

Since the school year has not started, only about 20 students were living in the dormitory's two towers, which usually house more than 600 students. Students arriving for the fall semester are scheduled to move into the dorms this week.

"It was a terrible tragedy," Meisenzahl told Ka Leo O Hawaii, the student newspaper at UH Manoa. "We don't ever want to see anybody get hurt or killed on campus and our condolences go out to their family ... We're going to make sure that anybody who needs [help], that it's available to them and it's easily accessible."

Suicide, according to the Jed Foundation, is the second leading cause of death among college students. 

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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