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Mother identified as person killed in fall during Ohio State graduation
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Mother identified as person killed in fall during Ohio State graduation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A woman who fell from the stands and died during a graduation ceremony at Ohio State University last weekend has been identified as a woman whose daughter was graduating.

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office said the 53-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday just outside Ohio Stadium in Columbus. The Columbus Dispatch reported that the death was being investigated as an apparent suicide, citing coroner’s documents.

An investigation continues into how the woman fell from the stadium, which the school says is 41 meters high, onto the pavement below. However, Ohio State Police do not suspect foul play and believe the fall was not accidental, university spokesman Ben Johnson said Tuesday.

It happened around noon, near the stadium’s clock tower, as the last graduates streamed into the stadium. According to the commencement program, the woman’s daughter was among those who graduated.

Commencement went ahead without mention of what happened, but some students and others at the ceremony were visibly upset after the fall. A spokesperson said the university has contacted all graduates and staff who volunteered upon graduation to offer counseling services.

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EDITOR’S NOTE — This story contains a discussion of suicide. If you or someone you know needs help, you can reach the US National Suicide and Crisis Hotline by calling or texting 988. There is also an online chat on it 988lifeline.org