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Carrboro Police say UNC student fell 40 feet

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By Dane Huffman

The Carrboro Police said Tuesday that University of North Carolina freshman David Shannon fell from a distance of 40 feet when he fell to his death over the weekend.

The police had originally put the fall at 17 feet.

The Carrboro Police reiterated Tuesday that there was no evidence yet of the death being related to hazing, although they are investigating that angle.

“As part of any death investigation, all elements of the case are being examined,” the police said in a statement. “Hazing, in light of Mr. Shannon’s fraternity membership and the timing of the conclusion of the pledge process, has been one avenue that this investigation has explored.

"It is not the primary focus and there is no evidence at this time to suggest that hazing was a factor in Mr. Shannon’s death.”

The hazing issue has been raised because Shannon had joined the Chi Phi fraternity at Carolina.

Shannon had climbed a structure at the Ready Mixer concrete plant in Carrboro.

Carrboro Police said foul play is not suspected in Shannon’s death.

They asked anyone with information about Shannon’s where abouts or activities since the evening of Friday, call Lt. Westbrook at (919) 918-7417. 

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