After a three-week trial which gripped the attention of the media and attracted widespread attention among the Turks and Caicos islands population, Cortez Simmons, the son and employee of Carl Simm
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T&T-born NYU freshman plunges to his death
A Trinidad and Tobago-born New York University freshman, naked and "high on hallucinogenic mushrooms", plunged to his death from the roof of his dorm in the East Village early Monday, the New York Post has reported.
Titan Lee-Hai, 18, plummeted 15 stories from a NYU residence hall at about 3:20 a.m.
He was well-known on the local entertainment circuit.
A law-enforcement source was quoted as telling The Post that Lee Hai "was on mushrooms". Lee-Hai was alone when he opened the roof door, triggering the fire alarm, before his plunge, law-enforcement sources said.
Lee-Hai was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Cops said he had been out partying with a pal, who is not an NYU student, before his death.
Early in the day, cops said they were treating Lee-Hai’s death as a suicide. But sources said it was possible the victim may have accidentally fallen or leaped under the influence of the drugs. The Wall Street Journal's Metropolis blog reported Monday that the police investigation was ongoing and an autopsy was to be done Tuesday.
Lee-Hai had returned from a trip to Trinidad last Friday to start his first day of classes for the spring semester this week, according to his Twitter account.
NYU students left flowers in the courtyard in memory of the victim. Friends and fans of the victim, whose stage name was Trizzykid, expressed shock and disbelief as tributes were posted on his Facebook and Twitter accounts following the news of his death.
NYU said in a statement that it’s investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.
“Police and the University are looking into the events preceding the discovery of the body in order to determine the cause and nature of his death,” said university spokesman John Beckman in a statement.