ASU Student Who Jumped Off Arizona Republic Building Was Newspaper's Intern, Sources Say *UPDATED*

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An Arizona State University student who jumped off the Arizona Republic building in downtown Phoenix last night in an apparent suicide attempt was an intern at the newspaper, sources tell New Times.

The student lept from the roof of the Republic's parking garage at Second and Taylor streets near the Sheraton hotel and ASU's Phoenix campus -- but he survived the nine-story fall.

He was taken to a hospital in extremely serious condition.

We contacted two Republic employees -- an editor and a reporter -- about the apparent suicide attempt. Neither would talk about it on the record. Additionally, in the Republic's story about the incident, it makes no mention of the fact that the student was an employee of the newspaper.

Our source says the student, whom we won't identify by name, is a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the university's downtown campus, which is just a few blocks from the Republic building.

The student was one of the Republic's breaking-news interns, according to our source.

Breaking-news interns at the Republic are usually paid, and they're allowed to park in the paper's garage.

The Republic's community relations department didn't immediately return our call seeking comment.

*UPDATE: the Arizona Republic reports that the student has died. Check back for updates.


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42 comments
katie
katie

This young man was very sweet. For those of you sayingugly and false things about him are ignorant and I can only hope you retractyour statements. If you can find someone’s struggles and death amusing, you areobviously a very sick individual. This young man was 20 years of age and waswell known and loved by many. He was a very good student and had many passions.I find nothing about his death funny and if you could take a moment to thinkabout this being a brother, son, cousin, or best friend of yours.....maybe thatwould change your mind.

bobcobb
bobcobb

"An Arizona State University student who jumped off the Arizona Republic building in downtown Phoenix last night in an apparent suicide attempt was an intern at the newspaper, sources tell New Times."

So if the suicide is "apparent"... why did you say he "jumped?" And then the next sentence says the man "lept." Author is certainly pushing the Superman imagery here for this "apparent" suicide.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Sad stuff.

On Christmas Day I offer condolences and warm thoughts to the family and friends of this young man while they struggle to understand his decision and to cope with his passing.

New Times
New Times

I bet he was one of  those weak insecure  clean cut short haired young weirdos of today who cant handle anything life throws at them. so they pussy out. man up and grow some balls and stick it out in life all you weak minded young punks of today!  most of them are mommy's boys and girls these days. send um all off to the military and then off to war that will fix them.

Chingalings Bronx Nyc
Chingalings Bronx Nyc

I always though James King would jump off either the new times building and kill himself or get beat to death at a Hells Angels party. suicide by Hells Angel as it is known.  but nooo James is still alive and well.

ddastardly
ddastardly

I know this family. alehound, you are an incompetent and thoughtless asshole. May your death be drawn-out and painful.

Coz
Coz

After reading the Arizona Republic for so long, I can understand why someone would jump off a building.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I wish his family well, and hopefully they can figure out the why part.

Isis
Isis

Mr. King, along with the like button, do you think the PNT could also have a "You're a stupid fuck button"? 

alehound
alehound

did he yell "geronimoooooooooooo"?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

You haven't been missed on these cyber pages.

Please go away for another year and check back then to see if you've been missed.

Guest01
Guest01

"Those who critcize this generation forget who raised it"

IamYou
IamYou

Screw you, troll. Get off the computer and breathe the air a little, get more oxygen into that senseless brain of yours.

New Times
New Times

so may your death also be a slow and painful death for saying that to him. your a hypocrite just like I am.  we are all assholes. FTW FUCK THE WORLD!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes. He probably was pissed off about not being able to write the truth, or all the spelling errors?

James King
James King

I'm for it. I'll talk to our web guys.

Isis
Isis

oops..."You're a stupid fuck" button?

ddastardly
ddastardly

I know this family. alehound, you are an incompetent and thoughtless asshole. May your death be drawn-out and painful.

Ana
Ana

What in fuck's name is wrong with you?

Doug Roper
Doug Roper

I find it amazing that find humor in this....where is your brain?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

or can we make it like yahoo and have a dislike button? I am not saying we need to make posts disappear.

Isis
Isis

cool...

have a great trip

Bnbk
Bnbk

This is the typical type of comment that FAILHOUND always offers up to any conversation. Ignore his dumb ass..

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