Elon Phoenix junior wide receiver Demitri Allison died yesterday from injuries suffered in a 10-story fall from a dorm at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Elon announced Allison’s death which was reported by Zach Barnett of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk.
Elon VP for Student Life and Dean of Students Smith Jackson wrote more in an official statement on Elon’s website.
“According to law enforcement officers, Demitri died this afternoon after falling from Morrison Residence Hall, a 10-story building at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He had left the Elon campus yesterday and his teammates, friends and family asked police to look for him because they were concerned for his well-being and emotional state.
“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. The loss of a classmate, friend and student reminds us that the life of each person in our community is precious. This loss is particularly painful for the Phoenix athletics family, and the football team’s Chaplain is providing counseling for the players and staff. “Everyone associated with Elon athletics is devastated,” said 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.”
Originally from the Charlotte suburb of Cornelius, Allisson started all of Elon’s games last year and appeared in all nine in 2015. There will be a “gathering of friends” in his honor at Elon’s Rhodes Stadium this afternoon.
There is little information surrounding what led to the fall, but Campus Sports will update this story as new information becomes public.
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