It’s really sad when you hear things like this and when it happens right in your hometown or your school, it hits home a little bit more. What would make someone so mad that he/she had to take their own life? There are people who are willing to help and talk to about things like this. I can’t even imagine what would be going through someones head as they were falling from 20 stories.
Here’s the official news release from WKU:
Western Kentucky University Police are investigating the death of 18-year-old freshman Dylan C. Prott, who was found dead early Thursday morning.
WKU Police were notified at 12:26 a.m. on Nov. 9 that Prott, of Louisville, had reportedly leapt from his room window on the 20th floor of Pearce-Ford Tower.
A preliminary report indicates that Prott had disabled a safety device designed to keep the window from opening more than three or four inches. Safety checks of the rooms in Pearce-Ford Tower are conducted on the first Tuesday of every month and the check on Nov. 7 showed the window safety bar in place.
Blood and toxicology tests will be performed by the Warren County Coroner’s Office who will determine the official cause of death. Results of the toxicology test are expected to take 30 to 45 days.
Update: My sources are telling me that this student was taking shrooms last night and running around his floor naked. Students say that he kept running in and out of their dorm rooms. They said he then kept running right through his room and out of the window. His roommate was in the room when it happened.
Update: Link to campus newspaper.
oh that hurts my heart.
he was a great guy- i just hope the world knows that. r.i.p. dylan we loved you so much.
He didn’t commit suicide.
College Heights Herald
November 30, 2006
Student dies after PFT jump
UPDATED: 8:48 p.m., Nov. 12
Amber Coulter and A. Layne Stackhouse
Issue date: 11/9/06 Section: Breaking News
Funeral services for Dylan C. Prott will take place at 4 p.m. Monday
at the First Unitarian Church in Louisville, according to his obituary in The
Published: April 10, 2007 08:20 am
|McCracken Teenager Shot and Killed by Homeowner During
PADUCAH, KY - McCracken County Sheriff, Jon Hayden has concluded a news conference regarding the early morning shooting of a Kevil man. Sheriff Hayden released the following statement:
Friday morning at 1:46AM a burglary in progress was called in to 911. The call was made from 12505 Logan Lane which is located in the McCracken County part of Kevil, KY.
The homeowner, his wife and two small children ages 2 and 3 were asleep in the home. Their burglar alarm sounded, waking the residents of the home. The male adult homeowner went and retrieved a 9mm handgun from inside the home. He then went to the alarm control panel to see what the location of the alarm activation was. It indicated a door to the detached garage. He then went out side through a back door and noticed that a side entrance door into the garage had been kicked opened. He the yelled that he had a gun, and for the person out there to get off of his property.
He at this same approximate time overheard his wife screaming inside the house. He ran back into the home where he learned from his wife that the burglar was inside their attached garage attempting to gain entry into the home through a wooden door that had a window. He then yelled numerous times at the intruder that he had a gun, not to come into his house. The intruder continued kicking and striking the door to make entry. Once kicking the door open, the intruder stepped up into the residence (an entrance foyer). The homeowner stepped back several steps ordering the intruder to get out of his house or he would shoot him, at which time the intruder continued making forward advances towards the homeowner. The homeowner then fired one shot at the intruder with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, striking him in the arm. The bullet went through the intruders arm and into his chest area. The intruder after falling into the floor, got back up and starting fighting the homeowner, at one point biting him on the arm. The intruder, according to the victims, appeared to be extremely under the influence of something. The intruder, while continuing to fight and struggle with the homeowner, called him "DAD" numerous times. The homeowner was able to manage to force him out of the front door of the home at one point, but he managed to gain entry back into the home through the front door again. The struggle continued throughout the home and back out into the attached garage. The intruder managed to get into a vehicle that was parked in the attached garage that still had the owners' keys in the ignition. The homeowner realized that he had another firearm in that vehicle and lunged into the car in attempt to gain control of the weapon. Another severe struggle ensued inside the car and the homeowner was able to pull the suspect back out of the car. The two continued to fight which led out into the driveway at which time the first McCracken Co. Deputy Sheriff (Dep. Dwayne Pickett) arrived (Time 1:54AM). Dep. Pickett, after also having to struggle with the suspect, was able to get him handcuffed. As additional sheriff's deputies, West McCracken Fire personnel, and Mercy Regional Ambulance personnel arrived, the suspect continued to fight with them as they attempted to stabilize him. A Deputy with the Ballard County Sheriff's Department also responded. The suspect appeared to be manifestly under the influence of some type of drug. He also was wearing no shoes.
The intruder was transported to Western Baptist Hospital where he later died at about 6:00AM in surgery from injuries we suspect are related to the gunshot.
Soon after our arrival at the residence, we were able to identify the intruder as being 18 year old Andrew Caleb Barnett of 4655 Magruder Village in Kevil. This address is within close proximity to the Logan Lane location.
I, along with other deputies, went to Mr. Barnett's home at around 3:00AM in an attempt to locate and notify his family. We did locate his parents at the home and made arrangements to get them as quickly as possible to Western Baptist Hospital.
Over the next couple of hours, we were able to obtain information pertaining to where 18-year-old Caleb Barnett had been prior to breaking into the home on Logan Lane, a location that he along with several other adult teenagers had been reportedly having a party that involved alcohol, Marijuana, and a Schedule 1 non-narcotic called Psilocybin Mushrooms (street name: MAGIC MUSHROOMS). That location was identified as being 240 Neil Lane which is a mobile home park just west of Logan Lane.
Sheriff's detectives went to the home and at about 7:00AM and found four teenagers at the home along with whiskey, Marijuana, and a various items of drug paraphernalia. They also located the packaging that had in fact contained the "MAGIC MUSHROOMS."
Statements obtained from the teenagers present were all consistent in that they had all in fact been smoking Marijuana and doing "MUSHROOMS" during the early morning hours. They stated that the effects of these MUSHROOMS were overwhelming causing drastic "out of character" actions, and hallucinations. They described the effects experienced by Caleb Barnett to be much worse than the rest that participated.
Detectives there obtained further statements that at around 1:30AM; Caleb left walking (in the general direction of Logan Lane and his home) making the statement that he was going home. Several attempted to stop him trying to get him not to leave due to his condition, but were unsuccessful. Among several items seized from the mobile home, were Caleb Barnett's shoes, and cell phone.
Four adult teenagers were arrested at this mobile home and were transported to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department. They all were later lodged at the McCracken County Regional Jail. Numerous consultations have taken place with McCracken County Commonwealth Attorneys Tim Kaltenbach's Office throughout the morning.
19-year-old Taylor J. Thompson of Indian Mound Trail in West Paducah, KY. He's charged with possession of a controlled substance 2nd degree (mushrooms), trafficking in a 2nd degree controlled substance (mushrooms), trafficking in marijuana under 8 oz., possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor.
19-year-old Zachary Rodgers of 240 Neil Lane in Kevil, KY. He's charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor, possession of controlled substance 2nd degree (mushrooms).
18-year-old Ryan Bridges of 130 Eva Court in West Paducah, KY. He's charged with trafficking marijuana under 8 oz., possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance (mushrooms).
18-year-old Kristen Mohler of Woodland Hill Drive in Kevil, KY. He's charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of alcohol by a minor, and possession of a controlled substance 2nd degree (mushrooms).