Student who fell from GWU dorm window dies

By Ruben Castaneda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 17, 2010

The George Washington University student who fell from a fifth-floor window of a campus residence hall died Sunday.

University President Steven Knapp announced the death of Taylor Hubbard, 20, of Lexington Park in St. Mary's County during Sunday's commencement ceremony on the Mall.

"Taylor was a promising student and a beloved member of the George Washington community. I speak for the entire university when I express our sympathy to Taylor's family," Knapp said. "I once again ask that our community keep Taylor's family in our thoughts and prayers."

The commencement gathering observed a moment of silence for Hubbard, who was majoring in biomedical engineering.

Authorities said his fall from Guthridge Hall about 4 a.m. Saturday appeared to have been an accident. The residence hall is in the 2100 block of F Street NW.

It was not immediately clear why Hubbard was at the residence hall. He had been living off campus, and when classes were completed this month, he had gone to his parents' home for the summer, a university spokeswoman said.

A D.C. police spokesman said Sunday that an investigation was underway and that details surrounding the circumstances of Hubbard's fall were not available.

Hubbard was found by students who called for emergency assistance. He was taken to George Washington University Hospital Center, where he died Sunday morning of internal injuries, authorities said.

Hubbard's parents did not return a phone call Sunday.

On his Facebook page, Hubbard wrote that he enjoyed wrestling, soccer and lacrosse.

Staff researcher Meg Smith contributed to this report.

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