A 23-year-old Drexel University medical student fell to his death while jumping between rooftops in North Philadelphia, police say.
Vivek Subramani, who was in his third year at Drexel’s College of Medicine, was found dead on the 1200 block of Buttonwood Street just before 2am Saturday.
Two other students who were with Subramani reportedly told police that they were jumping between the rooftops of their apartment building when the victim failed to reach the second platform and plummeted, hitting his head when he landed two stories below.
The witnesses also admitted that they had been drinking earlier in the night.
Vivek Subramani, 23, (pictured) fell to his death while jumping between rooftops in North Philadelphia early Saturday morning
Subramani (second right with his family) was a third-year medical student at Drexel University
Two other students who were with Subramani reportedly told police that they were jumping between the rooftops of their apartment building (pictured) when the victim failed to reach the second platform and plummeted, hitting his head when he landed two stories below
After Subramani fell, the group he was with rushed to where he landed and found him lying unresponsive in a pool of his own blood.
They administered CPR until medics arrived and transported Subramani to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Hillary Gilbert, who lives in a neighboring apartment, said she witnessed Subramani fall.
‘It was right outside my window and I just can’t stop thinking about it,’ Gillert told FOX 29.
She said she watched as the two men who were with Subramani stood over his lifeless body and waited for help to arrive.
Gillert said she has heard the group having parties before, but Friday night’s festivities seemed wilder than usual.
‘It was really panicky and it started getting louder and louder,’ she added.
A GoFundMe campaign raising money for Subramani’s funeral costs had raised more than $21,400 as of Sunday night
Drexel University President John Fry released a statement about Subramani’s death, saying: ‘There are no words to express the sense of loss when any young life is cut so short, and especially for someone with so much promise.’ Subramani is pictured with his family
Police said there were no signs of foul play and are currently conducting an investigation.
Drexel University President John Fry issued a statement about Subramani’s death.
‘On behalf of the entire Drexel community, I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Vivek,’ Fry said.
‘There are no words to express the sense of loss when any young life is cut so short, and especially for someone with so much promise.’
Members of Subramani’s fraternity, Sigma Beta Rho, set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his funeral costs. The campaign had raised more than $21,400 by Sunday night.
‘On Saturday January 11, 2020, Vivek had a tragic fatal accident that no one could’ve seen coming,’ the description reads.
‘Vivek was a son, a brother, a friend and a beloved member of many communities including Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity. As anyone who knew Vivek would say, Vivek was a bright, young and caring man who was so close to achieving his dreams of becoming a doctor.
‘He would always brighten up any room he walked into and was more than a friend to those who knew him. The brothers of the Philadelphia chapters of Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc. are devastated by this news and are hoping to help his family in any way possible.
‘While Vivek’s family and our community mourn this terrible loss, we want to make sure that the Subramani Family does not need to worry about anything else, including the costs associated with this accident. We hope to help support the Subramani Family with funeral costs, medical bills, and any other cost from this tragedy.
Thank you for supporting the Subramani Family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.’