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A Man Plunged To His Death While Trying To Stop A Teen From Committing Suicide

The two fell 14 stories from a dorm at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

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The incident occurred early Sunday at the Hale Wainani dorm in Honolulu's Manoa neighborhood, a spokesperson for the police department told BuzzFeed News.

Sources told Hawaii News Now that a 19-year-old went out onto the ledge during a party and threatened to jump to end his life.

The second man, a 24-year-old, was trying to stop him from jumping by pulling him off the ledge, authorities told the Associated Press.

The men fell off the ledge and tumbled 14 stories. They were both taken to the hospital, but the older man died. The younger man is in critical condition.

Police confirmed to BuzzFeed News that both men were on the ledge before they fell, but did not confirm why they were there.

Neither of the men were students at the school, spokesperson Dan Meisenzahl told BuzzFeed News.

Meisenzahl also said he wasn't sure if the men were guests of a student who lived in the dorm. He added that there were only a handful of students in the dorm that night, and the school isn't sure exactly why the men went out onto the ledge.

“It’s a terrible, terrible thing to happen; it doesn’t matter whether they are our students or not," Meisenzahl said.

The school is looking into the incident and is providing counseling to affected students, he added.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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