Florida student dies after jumping from stadium

By Adam Silverstein
April 16, 2012

University of Florida student Michael Richard Edmonds, Jr. is believed by police to have jumped to his death Sunday evening after climbing a stairwell on the west side of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and leaping off.

A member of Florida’s cycling club while studying journalism at UF, Edmonds was able to gain access to the stadium due to the school’s policy of leaving it open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Four separate gates are open during weekdays but only Gate 2 is made available for entry on weekends.

“At this point, we don’t have anything to suggest foul play,” University Police Department Major Brad Barber told The Gainesville Sun. “If in fact it is determined that this is a suicide, the tragedy speaks for itself.”

According to the paper, Edmonds was arrested for driving under the influence on Saturday but was released after posting bond. He was also recently in the news in late February for getting hit by an automobile while riding his bike on Williston Road. Edmonds had “serious injuries” at the time but was in “fair condition” while in the hospital.

OGGOA sends our deepest condolences to the Edmonds family.

Looking out for friends and loved ones is an important part of preventing unnecessary suicide. Should you know anyone in need of assistance or feel that you yourself need someone to speak with, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline any time of the day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

Suicide is believed to be the second leading cause of death among college aged students. The University of Florida’s Counseling and Wellness Center (352-392-1575) and Alachua County Crisis Center (352-264-6789) are both available to help you should you live in and around Gainesville, FL.

6 Comments

  1. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Adam, thanks for posting the suicide help info – I cannot imagine the feelings of hopelessness that led to this tragedy.

  2. SaraGator says:

    Sad, sad day for GatorNation. 🙁

    I hope he is finally in peace. Unfortunately, his friends and family will live in torment wondering if they could have prevented this. Such a selfish act..

  3. Mr2Bits says:

    Really sad week across Gator Nation. Death has its own time table that’s for sure.

  4. Auburn Tiger says:

    Our hearts here in Auburn go out to all of those at Florida affected by this horrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as well as, and most importantly, the family and close friends of this young man. War Eagle, Go Gators, and God Bless!

  5. SC Gator says:

    Terrible week.

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