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Friends Mourn UC Berkeley Student

Memorial Facebook page draws thousands; candlelight vigil slated for Friday.

Friends and classmates are mourning the death of UC Berkeley sophomore Henry Treadway, who died Tuesday evening at 20 after a fall from Towle Hall's sixth floor.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 10 p.m. Friday in Sproul Plaza.

At 9:48 p.m., campus police responded to reports that a man had fallen from the dormitory on Haste Street between Bowditch Street and College Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

About an hour beforehand, Treadway had updated his Facebook page to include the date of his death, spurring panicked responses.

By Wednesday afternoon, flowers and candles served as makeshift memorials in the courtyard.

More than 3,000 people encompassing a wide sweep of ages and ethnic groups had left messages on a memorial Facebook page, recalling a quietly friendly young man who put in long nights studying and who put others at their ease.

"He was the only person that was willing to make beats with me," says a post by a former classmate from El Cerrito High.

"Henry didn't even have to TRY to make friends," says a post by a longtime friend. "It's just the way that he was that made everyone he ran into immediately want to become friends with him."

Zoe Sun Shine May 10, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Dose anyone know what was troubling this young man. This is so sad for his family and friends. I am just worry that with out a support system put in others may go through hard time and remember how Henry ended his trouble. I wish Cal and other college gave the kids a mini phone tree list with helpful numbers on it. Not sure if it would made a differences in this case. 1-800-SUICIDE , UC Police (510) 642-6760; Berkeley Mental health (510) 841-8484; Berkeley police (510) 981-5900- or 911 from a landline. Please reach out to other when going through hard times. People do care
yvonne jackson May 12, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I am so sorry for the lost of Henry Treadway, I pray that Lord will keep his family and friends strong in their time of sorrow. Yvonne Jackson
Denis C May 12, 2012 at 03:39 AM
I was really at loss for words when I heard my daughter's college lost a student. I understand very well that most students in Cal or other competitive colleges have been under a lot of stress from academic, financial, social, health and career pot holes. I just hope very much that students including my daughter just try your best in whatever academic field you will be. There is no definition for BEST. BEST is always capped by one's health and available resources. Any grades can be the BEST grade when someone did try his or her best and be happy with it and don't compare with anyone. BEST life will always face pot holes and only through these process we know to treasure people and things around you and be happy and humble in any ups and downs in life.
Janis Mara May 12, 2012 at 09:49 AM
I returned from the candlelight vigil a few hours ago and it was one of the most profound experiences. There were hundreds of people there and the love for Henry was palpable. An uplifting experience.

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