Alumnus Dies From Injuries After CLA Fall

The alumnus who fell from the Cal Poly Pomona CLA Building last week died from his injuries at 10:29 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14.

The Los Angeles County Coroner?s Office and the University Police Department are investigating the incident as an apparent suicide.

?The entire Cal Poly Pomona community is deeply saddened by this tragedy,? says President J. Michael Ortiz. ?Words cannot fully express our feelings, but our thoughts and prayers are with this young man?s family.?

Baccu Ly, a 22-year-old man, suffered serious injuries after falling from the fifth floor classroom/laboratory side of the CLA Building onto the second floor concrete Paseo area at approximately 10:40 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 13. Several witnesses indicated that he had climbed over the railing and appeared to jump deliberately.

University Police officers arrived on the scene in less than a minute to find the victim lying on the pavement. He was reportedly conscious and able to respond to officers.

University dispatchers notified the Los Angeles County Fire Department and called for an ambulance, which responded in eight minutes. The victim was airlifted from the campus soccer field at approximately 11 a.m. and taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he underwent surgery for his injuries.

Ly, who is survived by his parents and siblings, graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in June 2003 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems. He was not enrolled at the university this quarter.

Due to the serious nature of the incident, the university is providing counselors through Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) to support students and staff who were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. CAPS counselors can be reached at (909) 869-3220.