CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- UNC-Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating how a student fell to his death early Sunday morning from a dormitory on campus.
A resident assistant found freshman Joshua Helm, 18, of Hillsborough, dead on a first-floor balcony of Moore Hall around 9:30 a.m. Sunday and called 911. Helm was a graduate of Northern High School in Durham.
Medic pronounced the student dead shortly after arriving.
A police investigation into the cause of the fall was inconclusive as of Sunday night, said UNCC police chief Jeff Baker. Homicide detectives could not determine if the fall was accidental or intentional, but said it appeared no foul play was involved.
Sunday afternoon, students walked somberly in and out of the freshman dorm, most saying they were too upset to talk about what had happened.
The few who knew Helm said the freshman from Durham was a great guy with everything going for him.
Pictures on social media show a smiling, tan teenager, often with his girlfriend. Classmates posted their condolences on Twitter Sunday afternoon.
It's really traumatizing and traumatic, and I can't believe it happened, said sophomore Kelly Mote, who said she was stunned to hear the news.
It's one of those things you don't think it's gonna happen, especially on your campus, and then it does, agreed her friend Brittany Nunn. It's really scary. You kind of wonder what happened.
UNCC student reporter Andrew James posted a short report showing police investigating the fall on Niner News, the student news feed on youtube.
It's just surreal and scary for everyone, said James. Everyone has more questions than anything.
Sunday evening, students placed flowers at a small memorial on the balcony where Helm fell.
A letter sent to residents in Moore Hall asked them to keep Helm's family in their prayers, and told them counselors would be available in the dorm and on campus if needed.
Letter from UNC Charlotte Housing and Residence Life to students. pic.twitter.com/wzrSPMXyEzNiner News (@NTVNinerNews) March 23, 2014
UNCCschool officials say they will make an announcement on the outcome of the investigation following the completion of an autopsy.
Authorities have indicated there are no signs of foul play.
Grief counselors have been made available to the students.