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Ex-FSU student dead, allegedly fell from roof of frat house

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A former Florida State University student was found dead outside a fraternity house Wednesday. Students said he fell off the roof.

FSU Police declined to release the victim's name, but said the 21-year-old was a former student. A meter reader discovered his body.

Police said they can't yet confirm whether it was an accident.

"That is something that investigators are still on scene trying to determine. They’re combing through different pieces of evidence to try to put (them) together. It’s very active. It’s very ongoing.”

Two members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity told the Tallahassee Democrat the victim was a member of the Army Reserves, set to be deployed to Afghanistan in October. They said he had leadership roles within the fraternity and described him as dedicated and dependable.

FSU President John Thrasher stopped by the scene to check on the students.

A couple of boxes of seemingly empty beer cans could be seen on part of the roof. The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity was suspended last fall for alleged alcohol violations. The fraternity was placed on disciplinary probation through the Spring 2020 semester, which ended in May.

But authorities gave no indication Wednesday’s death involved hazing. They did not say whether alcohol played a role.