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College Track Star Jumps to Her Death After Instagram Post

School shocked by apparent suicide of freshman athlete

A 19-year-old college student jumped to her death Friday night shortly after posting an innocuous photo of a Philadelphia park on Instagram.

Madison Holleran, a freshman track star at the University of Pennsylvania, threw herself from a parking garage, the Associated Press reports, just an hour after posting this photo:

Investigators have not yet determined why the bright and popular teen from Allendale, N.J., would commit suicide, but her death left her family and teammates stunned.

Holleran (pictured below, left, with a friend) was an award-winning track star in high school and planned to major in philosophy, politics and economics in college.

“The entire Penn community is deeply saddened by the death of Madison Holleran. She was bright and well-liked with an incredible future ahead of her,” university president Amy Gutmann said in a statement. “There are simply no words that can properly convey the sense of heartache that we all feel at such a tragic loss.”

The school postponed sorority recruitment out of respect for Holleran.


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