Death investigation
5:06 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Woman Jumps From NIU Parking Garage

A young woman fell to her death Friday afternoon at Northern Illinois University. Police say the unidentified woman was in her late teens or early twenties and apparently killed herself by jumping from the campus parking deck .

The university says the person was not a student, nor was she an NIU employee.

NIU police block access to the campus parking garage Friday afternoon after a young woman jumped to her death.
NIU police block access to the campus parking garage Friday afternoon after a young woman jumped to her death.
Credit Eric Hradecky / WNIJ

The area around the parking garage was blocked off by NIU and DeKalb police this afternoon shortly after the incident. First responders tried to resuscitate the woman, who was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital where she died.

Police describe her as white, brown-haired, 120 to 130 pounds, and wearing a multi-colored jacket.

It is generally against WNIJ policy to report on suicides or identify the victim. In this case, the incident occurred in a busy public place and attracted a great deal of attention.  

The university says it is respecting the family's wishes by not giving out additional information.

Counseling services are available to students, faculty and staff.