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NYC suicide jumper was Yale junior

Texan leapt from iconic skyscraper

Associated Press / April 1, 2010

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NEW YORK — A Yale University junior left a suicide note in his dorm room before heading to New York, where he apparently plunged to his death by jumping from the Empire State Building, police said yesterday.

Cameron Dabaghi, 21, from Austin, Texas, jumped from the 86th floor observation deck Tuesday during evening rush hour. His note said he was sorry and he would be jumping from either the George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River in upper Manhattan, or the Empire State building, police said.

There were seven other people on the observation deck at the time, shortly before 6:30 p.m., and one person tried to talk to Dabaghi as he climbed over the barrier, but could not stop him.

He was a student in Berkeley College, majoring in East Asian studies.

The college dean was meeting with students yesterday, and counselors were available to anyone who needed them.

“Yale is extending support to Cameron’s family, roommates, and friends at this most difficult time,’’ the university said in a statement.

The Empire State Building is the third-tallest building in the United States. More than 30 people have committed suicide at the building since it opened in 1931.

The 102-story skyscraper reaches 1,454 feet to the top of its lightning rod.

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