TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Authorities say an Arizona State University student who died after falling from the 10th floor of a Tempe apartment building had earlier attended an off-campus party sponsored by a banned fraternity.
Tempe police still are investigating the death early Sunday of 18-year-old Naomi McClendon.
Investigators believe the Kansas native was intoxicated when she was taken to the high-rise apartment complex. They say it appears she walked on to the balcony, lost her balance and plunged to her death.
Police say party sponsored by Alpha Epsilon Pi encouraged binge drinking because those who attended paid a $30 fee for unlimited drinking.
Officers raided the party, shut it down and issued seven alcohol citations but McClendon already had left.
Police say Alpha Epsilon Pi isn’t officially recognized by ASU after past sanctions.
Naomi McClendon was a Manhattan native. She graduated from Manhattan High School last year.
Her parents work at the school and she has a younger brother who’s in the sophomore class.
MHS Principal Greg Hoyt sent an e-mail to parents Sunday about the 2013 graduate’s death.
He also made an announcement over the PA system to the entire school on Monday.
Services for Naomi will be held at 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 5th at Westview Community Church in Manhattan.
There will be a candelight vigil for Naomi on Sunday, April 6th from 5:00pm-9:00pm at Manhattan City Park.