Notre Dame student falls off roof, dies one day before graduation

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – A University of Notre Dame student died Saturday, just one day before his graduation, school officials said.

William Meckling, 21, allegedly fell from the roof of the Joyce Center, the building that holds the basketball arena on campus.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends after this terrible tragedy,” University President Rev. John Jenkins said in the statement. “It is a profound sadness for all of us, on this graduation weekend, to lose someone so young and brimming with promise.”

A statement from the school say two students asked a Notre Dame Security Police lieutenant for help when they found Meckling unresponsive near the athletic building at 3:45 p.m.

The university said Meckling was with a small group of students on top of the building, which had a wet roof due to precipitation at the time. No other injuries were reported.

Meckling was a mechanical engineering major and a member of Notre Dame’s fencing team.

Notre Dame head fencing coach Gia Kyaratskhelia said Meckling was “an invaluable member” of the team and left “a massive impact on all of us as a fencer and a human being.”


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