Police: WVU student died after fall from parking garage

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University Police have confirmed Benjamin Pravecek, a 20-year-old business major from Harpers Ferry, died April 16.

Officers are continuing their investigation, but early indications suggest no foul play was involved.

“We are grieving today,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said. “This tragedy reminds us how important the love, care and compassion we share with others can be. We have been in touch with Benjamin’s family and friends to offer our support during this difficult time, and we will continue to provide whatever resources and help are necessary.”

“I want our students to know that we are here for you,” T. Anne Hawkins, director of the Carruth Center, said. “If you need to talk, if you just want someone to be with you or if you know someone who may need support, please know that you are not alone.”

UPD responded to University Place just after 12:30 p.m. Friday after reports that a person either fell or jumped from the parking garage and landed on the sidewalk below. A Community Notice was issued.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to contact University Police at 304-293-3136.

The University has organized a balloon send-off Sunday evening in remembrance of the student.