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One Person Dead, Second Injured Following Fall Off Balcony In Isla Vista

Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 3:14pm

One person is dead, and a second was injured after they fell off a balcony in Isla Vista early Thanksgiving morning.

It happened at around 1 a.m. Thursday, at an apartment complex on the 6500 block of Cordoba Road. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say 22 year old Melissa Portillo fell off the balcony, and was fatally injured. A second student who also fell suffered head and back injuries, but they wern’t life threatening.

The falls are believed to have been accidental, but it’s unclear exactly why the two ended up over a second story railing.

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