Thursday, October 28, 2010

notre dame student dies

Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old junior at Notre Dame, was killed on Wednesday when the tower he was standing on to film football practice collapsed. Sullivan posted messages on Twitter before the fall.
A Notre Dame student killed Wednesday in a tower collapse tapped out two chilling Twitter posts before his fatal 30-foot plunge.

In the first post, Declan Sullivan, who was perched on a scissor lift to film a Fighting Irish football practice, made a dark joke predicting his horrific fate.

"Gusts of wind up to 60 mph. Well today will be fun at work. I guess I’ve lived long enough," Sullivan wrote at 3:22 p.m., just as practice was getting started, CBS reported.

More than 40-minutes later, the 20-year-old junior from Long Grove, Ill., was frozen with fear as wind-gusts approached 50 mph.

"Holy ---. Holy ---. This is terrifying," Declan wrote.

Around 45 minutes after that post, the tower collapsed, crashing through a fence some 30 feet below and landing on a street that runs between two athletic facilities.

Sullivan died later at South Bend's Memorial Hospital.

The cause of the accident is not known and the school said it is investigating the incident. High winds had forced the team to practice indoors on Tuesday, CBS reported.

Students and faculty at the private Catholic university were left devastated by the tragedy.

University president Rev. John Jenkins was to preside over a memorial mass for Sullivan tonight at 10 p.m.

"No words can convey the shock and grief we all are experiencing," Jenkins said.

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