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Tempe woman who fell from 10-story balcony was ASU student

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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 6:05 pm

A young woman who died after falling from a Tempe apartment balcony early Sunday was a student at Arizona State University.

ASU spokeswoman Julie Newberg said Naomi McClendon was a sophomore majoring in non-profit leadership and management.

Tempe police say McClendon fell from a 10th story apartment balcony near Apache Boulevard and Rural Road around 2:30 a.m.

Sgt. Michael Pooley said McClendon appeared to be heavily intoxicated when she went to a friend’s apartment and out onto the balcony.

He said surveillance video showed McClendon lean on the edge of the balcony and somehow lose her balance.

Pooley said McClendon was from Kansas.

McClendon was last year's student body president at Manhattan High School, where her father directs the orchestras and her mother teaches language arts.

Manhattan High principal Greg Hoyt said Monday grief counselors were being made available.

Staff recalled McClendon as one of the high school's top achievers. She was a member of the forensics and debate team, an editor on the school newspaper and the singer in a rock band.

ASU will also offer counseling services to those who knew McClendon, according to Newberg.

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