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The 19-year-old woman who committed suicide on Friday has been identified as a University of Pennsylvania freshman, authorities said.

Madison Holleran, of Allendale, N.J., died after jumping off a garage near 15th and Spruce streets around 6:40 p.m. on Friday night, police announced.

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann released a statement on Holleran's death Saturday afternoon.


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

Holleran was a member of the university's varsity track and field team.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with [Holleran's] family and friends," said Steve Dolan, Penn's director of track and field in a statement. "This is a challenging time for everyone involved with the program, but we will support each other in the weeks to come and help her teammates and friends find their own ways to honor her memory."


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