Naomi McClendon update: Woman who fell to death from Tempe apartment was ASU student

TEMPE, AZ - A young woman who died after falling from a Tempe apartment balcony early Sunday was a student at Arizona State University.

ASU spokeswoman Julie Newberg said Naomi McClendon was a sophomore majoring in non-profit leadership and management.

Tempe police say McClendon fell from a 10th story apartment balcony near Apache Boulevard and Rural Road around 2:30 a.m.

Sgt. Michael Pooley said McClendon appeared to be heavily intoxicated when she went to a friend’s apartment and out onto the balcony.

He said surveillance video showed McClendon lean on the edge of the balcony and somehow lose her balance.

Pooley said McClendon was from Kansas.

McClendon was last year's student body president at Manhattan High School, where her father directs the orchestras and her mother teaches language arts.

Joy Spickelmier says in fourth grade when she was new to town, McClendon’s welcoming face is the first one she remembers.

"She was such a kind, generous and fun person to be around that I couldn't believe it," Spickelmier said.

She describes her friend as having an infectious spirit that lasted through the years.

"She finds the positive in anything, she's that kind of person, she can make you smile on the saddest day," Spickelmier said.

Spickelmier is organizing a candlelight vigil in their hometown for Sunday, April 6. 

She’s also set up a fundraising page to help McClendon’s family with funeral costs.

Manhattan High principal Greg Hoyt said Monday grief counselors were being made available.

Staff recalled McClendon as one of the high school's top achievers. She was a member of the forensics and debate team, an editor on the school newspaper and the singer in a rock band.

ASU will also offer counseling services to those who knew McClendon, according to Newberg.

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