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Vigil planned for GWU student killed in dorm fall

Jenna Johnson

Early Saturday, George Washington University sophomore Taylor Hubbard fell from a fifth floor window of a dorm. He was found by a group of students at about 4 a.m., and taken to the hospital. He was taken off life support Sunday morning.

Police are investigating the incident, but have said the fall appears to have been an accident.

Hubbard, 20, was from St. Mary's County in Southern Maryland and graduated from Great Mills High School in 2008. He was the class salutatorian and "is so fondly remembered," according to the school Web site. At GWU, Hubbard studied biomedical engineering and was a member of Alpha Chi Sigma, a co-ed chemistry fraternity.

"He was always studious, even from elementary school," his father Wayne Hubbard told the GW Hatchet. "He hated to get a bad grade in anything, even a B."

Hubbard's high school has planned a candlelight vigil, for 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hornet Stadium. An open mic will be available for Hubbard's friends to share memories. A memorial service will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. at Patuxent Presbyterian Church in California, Md.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Taylor Hubbard Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Community Bank of Tri-County, PO Box 561, California, MD 20619.

The GW Hatchet reported that Hubbard had moved home at the end of the semester, but returned to campus to help a friend move into summer housing. He spent the night in his friend's room in Guthridge Hall Friday.

Hubbard's father told the Hatchet that his son's friend was asleep in the dorm room when police arrived to investigate.

Hubbard was found by a group of students who were returning to campus from a party. One of those students, Jenn Choi, told NBC that they noticed Hubbard's breathing was "very erratic," his wrist was swollen and he was bleeding. "We decided, 'Oh wait, this is not right. We have to call someone,'" Choi told NBC.

At the university's graduation ceremony on Sunday, GWU President Steven Knapp led everyone in a moment of silence in memory of Hubbard. "Our hearts go out to his family and his many friends in the George Washington community," Knapp said.

Several of Hubbard's friends shared memories with the GW Hatchet:

"That kid was outstanding, and there's no words fully able to express every single thing he was to all of us," sophomore Noel Behailu said. "Taylor was really nice to pretty much everyone. I don't think I ever saw him mad or angry. He was just a positive person."
Sophomore Kelli Noel, a fellow biomedical engineering student, said she and Hubbard would often study together and hang around campus. "He always took life with a smile," Noel said. "Everyone really loved him."

Many other friends have left memories and messages on Hubbard's public Facebook page:

"Been at wrk all day thinkin abt the fun, smart, hilarious, caring &nd genuine person we have all lost . Taylor Hubbard yu will always be a part of the graduating class of 2008 frm Great Mills highschool,, in shock is an understatment . Watch over us up there Tay Tay"
"I already miss you calling me everyday at 3 pm asking me to go to lunch."

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By Jenna Johnson  |  May 17, 2010; 2:11 PM ET
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Those 18-20 are also adults. Noel Behailu, featured in the article, is an ageist for calling the young man who died because he fell from a window, a "kid". It's unfortunate that Taylor Hubbard died when he was outstanding in academics including being salutatorian in high school and didn't like getting a B.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 17, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Another tragic case...Details haven't been disclosed but falling out of a window at 4am says a lot...I have heard people comment on the fragileness of the window frame, etc...but let's be honest here..

Carelessness of some sort caused this death...

Posted by: pentagon40 | May 17, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Some truly disturbed person has posted a photoshoped pic on Facebook of this student coming out of a window over a fake tombstone that says he really falls for girls. What a heartless and hateful thing to post.

Posted by: ps1515 | May 17, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

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