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Marist grad died after fall at Furman party, report says

Caroline Smith was attending a fraternity formal.
Caroline Smith was attending a fraternity formal.

Credit: Facebook

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The Furman University sophomore from Atlanta who died in Hilton Head, S.C., this past weekend was found outside a warehouse after a fall during a party, authorities said.

Caroline Smith, who graduated from Marist School in Brookhaven, was in town for a fraternity formal, university officials said.

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Responding deputies from the Beaufort County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Office were told by her boyfriend that he was talking to her in the back room of the warehouse when she said she didn’t feel well, according to an incident report. She then “fell to the ground” and was unresponsive late Friday night, the report stated.

First responders found her outside the building by an overhead garage door, lying on her back, the report said. It’s unclear how far she fell, and the cause of death hasn’t been released.

ABC News obtained the 911 call reporting the incident, and the unidentified caller said, "I need an EMT (emergency medical technician). I think this (inaudible) is dying. She just fell and hit her head."

When asked if she was awake, the man said, “No, she’s not awake. She’s unconscious.”

Her brother, Ryan Smith, is a junior at Furman, and he told deputies his sister didn’t have any medical issues that he was aware of, the report said. Both Smith and her boyfriend said the group was drinking alcohol but not using drugs or narcotics.

University spokesman Vince Moore said the “students had traveled to Hilton Head, S.C., to attend a fraternity formal scheduled for Saturday night (April 6). The university was informed of Caroline Smith’s death early Saturday morning. The event was cancelled and the students returned to campus.”

Caroline Smith was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority, according to the national sorority’s Facebook page.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family, friends and our KD sisters. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the sorority said in a post Monday.

She was studying history and communication studies at Furman, university President Elizabeth Davis previously said in a statement on Facebook.

“The university extends its most heartfelt condolences to Caroline’s family and her friends,” Davis said. “I hope all of you will do the same during this time of profound sorrow.”

A memorial service is being planned in Atlanta for sometime next week. The details have not been released.

In other news:

Investigators said the whole things started after a store near the intersection of Peachtree Street and Deering Road was robbed at gunpoint by two men.