Marquette Student Hurt in Fall

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MILWAUKEE-Marquette University issued the following statement regarding an off campus incident where a student was hurt:

Special Message from the Vice President for Student Affairs

I am writing to share with you news of a serious accident involving one of our students that took place at an off-campus apartment building early this morning. A Marquette student fell from a balcony when a railing he was leaning on gave way, according to the report given by the other student present.

The prayers of our entire campus community go out to the family and the student, who was immediately transported to Froedtert Hospital, where he is being treated for serious injuries. Marquette's Campus Ministry staff has met with the family at the hospital and will continue to be of support.

The safety of our students is our most important priority. The incident occurred at a privately owned apartment building and we have been in touch with both the City of Milwaukee and the building owner to fully understand how the situation occurred. Our Department of Public Safety has also notified the other residents of the building and advised them to avoid the balconies.

As a close-knit campus community, an event like this one impacts each and every one of us, as we work to support the injured student, family and friends, and the entire campus community. A prayer service for the student will be held at 4 p.m. this evening in the Chapel of the Holy Family in the Alumni Memorial Union. We also encourage our campus community to make use of Marquette's counseling and spiritual services, including Campus Ministry, the Counseling Center, and the resources available through the Office of Residence Life and the Division of Student Affairs. Most importantly, we ask for your continued prayers for our student and his family.

Dr. L. Christopher Miller
Vice President for Student Affairs

Dozens gathered on campus Friday for a prayer vigil for the student who friends have identified as 21 year old nursing student Tyler Brewster.

Several neighbors who live in the 15th & Kilbourne apartment building from which the student fell tell CBS 58's Rielle Creighton that the entire buidling is in bad shape.

"It doesn't surprise me, if the ceiling caved in my apartment it wouldn't surprise me, that's how bad it is," said Mike Schlussler.

CBS 58 contacted Brad Shover who owns the building, he says there have never been any injuries at the site before and as of March 2012 the building had passed all city inpections.

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