Elon University students gathered at the school’s Rhodes Stadium on Thursday afternoon to remember a fellow student who died Wednesday in a fall from a high-rise residence hall at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Demitri Allison, a junior from Cornelius, was found outside Morrison Residence Hall, a 10-story building at UNC. He was a management major and a wide receiver on Elon’s football team.
An announcement on Elon’s website said Allison had left the Elon campus on Tuesday, prompting his friends, family and teammates to become concerned about his well-being and emotional state. Theyut his well-being and emotional state. They had asked police to look for him.
“Everyone associated with Elon athletics is devastated,” said Elon Athletics Director Dave Blank. “Demitri was a talented young man with a bright future who was loved by his teammates. We mourn his loss deeply and we pray for his family and loved ones.”
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Both universities offered counseling to students, faculty, staff and teammates.
“The death of any student is devastating to our community, especially in situations like this, and we want to reach out to friends and acquaintances who knew Demitri,” said a message from Elon’s vice president for student life, Smith Jackson. “The loss of a classmate, friend and student reminds us that the life of each person in our community is precious.”