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Tragedy strikes as student dies in video tower collapse

Oct 27, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

Terrible news out of South Bend, as a 20-year-old Notre Dame student died Wednesday afternoon when a video tower collapsed.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss,” Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins said. “Our hearts go out to the student’s family and friends and our prayers and profound sympathies are with them during this incredibly difficult time. The loss of someone so young is a terrible shock and a great sadness. Our entire community shares in the family’s grief.”

The tower overlooked the fields of the LaBar Practice Complex, and while the cause of the accident isn’t known, winds gusted up to 50 miles per hour, according to National Weather Service reports.

The university isn’t releasing the name of the student until members of the family are notified. The University is making pastoral care and grief counseling available to students.

  1. wsndfm - Oct 27, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    University sources have confirmed that the student was Declan Sullivan, a junior for Lake Grove, Ill., and resident of Fisher Hall. There will be a school-wide memorial Mass tomorrow. Please pray for the Sullivan family, including his sister who is an ND student, the football program, and the entire Notre Dame family during this tragic time of loss.

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    • jennifer419 - Oct 27, 2010 at 11:13 PM

      This is heartbreaking and so tragic. I hope that all of us who frequent “Inside the Irish” pause for a few moments and say a prayer for Declan Sullivan, his family and friends…

      “May Our Lady, Our Mother, wrap this young student, and all his friends and family, in her heavenly mantle.”. Amen.

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