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March 30, 2014

Kansas woman, 18, dies in fall from Arizona apartment building

An 18-year -old Kansas woman died Sunday morning after a 10-story fall from a residential building for Arizona State University students in Tempe, Ariz.

An 18-year -old Kansas woman died Sunday morning after a 10-story fall from a residential building for Arizona State University students in Tempe, Ariz.

Police have not released the home town or other information for the victim, Naomi McClendon, although they had contacted her family.

Tempe police spokesman Sgt. Mike Pooley said video surveillance in the building shows McClendon entering the lobby area with friends in the early morning hours Sunday. The building is across the street from the Arizona State campus.

Pooley said the video shows McClendon was extremely unsteady on her feet and said that alcohol appeared to have been a factor.

He said surveillance video shows McClendon and several friends went to the 10th floor where McClendon entered an apartment by herself and the friends left.

Additional surveillance video shows McClendon walking out onto a 10th floor balcony as though she is looking for something, Pooley said. He said she eventually reclined on the top of a railing on the balcony.

She grabbed unsuccessfully for the railing as she fell, Pooley said.

Police found her in the parking lot below and she was declared dead at a local hospital later, Pooley said.

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