20-year-old Clemson student dies after falling from rooftop

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CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – A Clemson University student died after he fell from a rooftop.

Clemson Police were called to the scene around 12:45 a.m. Sunday for a report of someone falling from the roof of a building on Old Greenville Highway.

When officers arrived at the home, they found Thomas Heard Few, 20, of Greenville, lying on the ground, according to the police report.

Witnesses told police Few had been drinking when attempted to jump from a stair railing to the roof of a garage, according to the incident report. Witnesses told police Few slipped and fell backwards, landing on a concrete walkway.

Few was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

School officials said the event at the off campus house was not sanctioned by the school or fraternity.

Few, a Clemson University junior, was a construction science and management major.

β€œThomas was a valuable member of the Clemson Family, and we are deeply saddened by his passing,” Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students L. Christopher Miller said. β€œOur hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Clemson University said the school’s Counseling and Psychological Services is providing grief counseling. Students who want to speak to a counselor should call CAPS at 864-656-2451.

Clemson offers a monthly newsletter for parents with tips and campus information.

Parents who have concerns about their students can visit the CARE Network by clicking here.

The CARE Network was designed to help connect students with the resources to help support them, according to Clemson’s website. Common reasons for a CARE Network referral are the following:

  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • Career or Graduation
  • Death or Grief
  • Financial
  • Personal Health or Wellness
  • Relationships or Student Engagement
  • Other Concerns

Clemson officials offered the following tips for keeping in contact with your student and making sure they are safe:

  • As much as possible, maintain communication with the student.
  • They are growing into adulthood, so don’t smother.
  • Talk about what interests them.
  • Encourage them to call campus security if necessary.
  • Encourage them to never go anywhere alone.
  • Meet and/or interact with their friends.
  • Visit the campus.
  • Use apps that allow you to pinpoint where your child is at all times.

A private visitation for Few will be held in Greenville, Tuesday night. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church in Greenville.

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