Police are investigating the death of a freshman Temple student after she fell from the eighth floor of a building in Center City.
In an email to all students and staff, University President Dr. Neil Theobald identified the student as College of Science and Technology student Rebecca Kim, 18.
News reports indicate that the incident occurred around 6 pm, when she landed on a pedestrian below on the intersection of 16th and Chestnut streets.
According to Philadelphia police, the Temple student was visiting friends, who attend the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Authorities believe that the 18-year old was leaning out the window to take pictures and lost balance as she tried to come back inside. When she landed, Kim reportedly struck a pedestrian on the ground, who is now listed in stable condition. Kim was in critical condition when she was rushed to Jefferson Hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries.
According to the email, Kim enrolled in the pre-pharmacy program in August and was living in Johnson Hall on Main Campus. She graduated Wissahickon High School in Ambler in 2014.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends,” Theobald’s email read. He said that counseling is available for students at the Tuttleman Counseling Center.
This is the second falling death of a Temple-related student within a year. In April 2014, student fell from the Kardon-Atlantic Apartment Complex off of Main Campus.