UMass student falls to death at New York hotel

By Mark Chiarelli

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(Flickr/Aidan Wakely-Mulroney)

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A University of Massachusetts student fell to his death at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York Wednesday night.

Connor Cummings, a 20-year-old native of Rockaway, New Jersey, fell nine stories after attempting to climb onto hotel scaffolding with an 18-year-old friend to take a picture in the rain, according to New York Police Department officials.

Police say Cummings slipped and fell on the wet scaffolding and landed on another rooftop of the hotel below. His friend was not injured, and their photography equipment was reportedly recovered at the scene.

The NYPD did not have any additional information as of Thursday afternoon.

Cummings was a sophomore psychology major and a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi, Gamma chapter fraternity at UMass. The fraternity chapter released a statement to its Facebook page Wednesday morning announcing Cummings death, saying he had a “fiery passion” and love for photography.

“Connor was someone who would stop to help someone without any questions and was always committed in getting the job done,” the statement said. “Our chapter will miss him greatly, but we know that he is watching over us all.”

UMass spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski also released a statement Thursday afternoon.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Connor Cummings, a UMass Amherst student who died tragically in New York,” he said.

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