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Harvard student dies after falling from building

Harvard University was mourning the loss of a student who died Monday from injuries sustained in a fall from a Boston building the day before.

“It is with profound sadness that I write to inform you that Andrew Sun [class of 2016], a member of Pforzheimer House, has passed away,” Donald Pfister, the dean of Harvard College, wrote Monday in an e-mail to the university community.

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Sun was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital early Sunday with critical injuries after falling from an off-campus building, according to Colin Manning, a spokesman for the university.

Family, friends, and university officials spent the day with Sun in the hospital. Sun was a sophomore economics concentrator at the college, Manning said.

The college did not identify where the incident took place.

A law enforcement official briefed on the case said Sun fell from a building at 240 Atlantic Ave. The area is near the New England Aquarium. The official said the case is was being investigated as a “nonhomicide.”

The Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper, said Sun was from New Jersey. His LinkedIn profile listed his campus activities as the Harvard College Faith and Action, Harvard Financial Analysts Club, and the Veritas Financial Group.

The profile also said he had worked as an intern at Xela Capital LLC, a hedge fund, and at Columbia University.

Pfister urged students to reach out to their peers and administrative officials if they need emotional guidance.

“At this time it is important that we all support Andrew’s family and friends, and that we support each other,” he wrote.

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