NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Columbia University freshman has died on the first day of orientation.
Martha Corey-Ochoa, who was the valedictorian of her class at Dobbs Ferry High School, was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital after she was found on West 114th Street and Amsterdam Avenue late Monday.
1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports
The 18-year-old either fell or jumped from a 14th floor window of John Jay Hall, officials said.
The medical examiner’s office will determine whether the death was a suicide or an accident.
Corey-Ochoa, who lived alone, had a history of psychological problems and was on medication, sources told 1010 WINS.
Dean of Student Affairs Kevin Shollenberger said in an email that Corey-Ochoa was “passionate about mathematics and literature, and recognized as a very talented writer.”
Grief counselors will be at the school to help students cope with the tragedy.