Columbia University student Martha Corey-Ochoa committed suicide by jumping from the dormitory at John Jay Hall last night. She was 18 years old, the Columbia Spectator reports. The initial reports from the NY Post said the incident was being treated as an “apparent accident,” though DNAinfo and the Daily News disagree, citing her history of psychiatric illness. The investigation into Martha Corey-Ochoa’s suicide is ongoing.
Corey-Ochoa graduated as valedictorian from Dobbs Ferry High School, north of the city, and was “passionate about mathematics and literature, and recognized as a very talented writer,” according to an e-mail sent to students by a university dean. “It’s a time that our community needs to pull together and support one another,” he wrote. “Our returning students should keep in mind our first-year students have just gotten here, and they are developing contacts and relationships and should be sensitive and reach out to one another.” Source: Columbia Spectator