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Police: Frat Pledge Died in Fall from Balcony During Party

by Associated Press

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Authorities say a Binghamton University student from a New York City suburb died in a fall from a balcony at an upstate fraternity house hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party.

The Binghamton Police Department on Monday released details of the death of 18-year-old Conor Donnelly, of Pearl River in Rockland County.

Police say Donnelly was drinking at a party held Saturday afternoon at Alpha Sigma Phi, where he was in the process of pledging at the frat.

Officials say the freshman was on a fourth-floor balcony when he tried to climb down to the third floor and fell. Police say his death has been ruled accidental.

Authorities say there’s no evidence that hazing played a role in Donnelly’s death.

BInghamton University officials have suspended the frat pending the outcome of an investigation.

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