PD: Student killed in fall while climbing dorm building at University of Arizona

TUCSON, AZ - A University of Arizona freshman is dead after falling while climbing a 20-foot cooling tower on a dormitory's roof.

Campus police identify the student as 19-year-old Michael Evan Anderson of Mission Viejo, Calif.

They say Anderson and another student scaled an exterior wall of the three-story Colonia de la Paz Residence Hall before 4 a.m. Friday to get to the roof.

The two then climbed the tower that houses a swamp cooler. The unidentified student told police that Anderson fell to the roof.

Campus police spokesman Sgt. Filbert Barrera says Anderson already was dead when officers and Tucson Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene.

The dorm is located near the university's football stadium.

Barrera says an autopsy will determine if drugs or alcohol were factors in the fatal fall.

The incident comes just days after an 18-year-old Arizona State University student fell to her death from a Tempe apartment.

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