USC PD investigating after student falls from second story of frat house

Source: Facebook.
Source: Facebook.

By Logan Smith - email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - University of South Carolina police say they are still investigating how a student fell from a second-story window of his fraternity house early Tuesday morning at the Greek Village.

Sophomore James Eichorn, 20, fell out of the window at the Sigma Nu house between 2:00 a.m. and 3:15 a.m., according to a USC police report. Richland County EMS officials found Eichorn around 3:30 a.m. and took him to Palmetto Health Richland in fair condition.

Sigma Nu's chapter president said it was Eichorn's first year living in the house.

The fraternity held a vigil for Eichorn on Tuesday evening. About 150 friends and fellow brothers showed up to say a prayer for a man described as friendly and outgoing.

Fraternity members would not comment on the circumstances leading up to Eichorn's fall, and have since directed all media inquiries to Sigma Nu's national office.

The responding USC police officer said he didn't know whether alcohol was involved. University spokesperson Margaret Lamb said on Wednesday afternoon that university police are still investigating the circumstances.

Eichorn's friends began expressing an outpouring of support on his Facebook page almost as soon as the news broke, and another page was soon set up encouraging people to pray for him.

"Jimmy, over the years of us going to school and playing football together I have grown to respect you as a person and an athlete," wrote one friend. "I know how great of a person you are and how tough you are, I know that you will make it through this."

Members of the Carolina community can talk with counselors at the Counseling and Human Development Center. Students who live in residence halls can contact their resident advisers, and Carolina Campus Ministries are also available.

This is the second time in two years that a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity has been hurt. In 2008, 20-year-old Robert Chase Campbell was killed after several Sigma Nu brothers tried to hitch a ride on a CSX train.

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